SC has denied donations to priest’s servitors, he says that it is the only source of income
The Hush Post|12:00 pm|2-min-read
After the Supreme Court recommended the abolition of hereditary rights of attendants who help priest of Jagannath Temple in Odisha, one of the priest’s servitors has written to the Chief Justice of India seeking permission to end his life. Narasingha Pujapanda, the temple servitor has said his only source of income was from devotees’ gifts and donations inside the temple.
In his petition on Wednesday, Pujapanda wrote,“We beg from them and it has been continuing for more than a thousand years. The court and government are trying to stop our only source of income. How will we survive without income”.
In July, Pujapanda had approached the Odisha government to seek permission for euthanasia, but his plea was rejected. In July, the Supreme Court had said that the servitors would have no claim over the donations made to the temple. It would only go to the temple .
A news report quoted Pujapanda as saying,“Now that the apex court has asked the temple servitors to refrain from accepting donations from devotees, it’s almost impossible to survive. It’s better to die at once than waiting for a hunger death.” He said that for generations, they and their families have depended on donations and that was their only source of income.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had asked the servitors of the Puri temple to put forth their demands before the Supreme Court.