By Bizodisha Bureau, Bhubaneswar, December 14, 2020: The Odisha cabinet on Monday approved 11th century shrine Shri Lingaraj Temple Ordinance 2020 in line with Sri Jagannath Temple Act.

The government will promulgate an ordinance to make it an act with Odisha Legislative Assembly not being in session. The 11th century shrine is presently governed by Odisha Hindu Religious Endowment Act.

Lingaraj Temple Act will help in better execution of rituals and management. As per the Act, a Managing Committee of 15 members will be formed and empowered to manage affairs of the temple including seva-puja and nitis.

The committee will administer the temple and its properties including temples outside the premises and Mathas. An administrator will be appointed to manage day-to-day affairs while necessary provision will be made for budget, audit & inspection. The legislation will also help in protection, management of temple properties & eviction of unauthorised occupants.

Diyas lit infront of Lingaraj Temple after State Cabinet approved an ordinance for temple management, to safeguard temple properties and provide better facilities to devotees for offering prayers.

The Cabinet also approved tenders for construction of two new medical college and hospital at Puri and Jajpur. L&T has been selected to execute both the projects within three years.


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