Recently, Odisha’s Governor backed the entry of foreign nationals inside the Jagannath Temple in Puri, which converted into a debate and has triggered controversy.
About Jagannath Temple:
About Annual Rath Yatra:
The temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra, or chariot festival.
Provisions for Temple Entry:
When Non-Hindus can visit Lord Jagannath?
In 2011, a proposal by Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, then adviser to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, supported the entry of non-Hindus into the Temple to boost Odisha’s tourism potential, triggering a major controversy. Mohapatra had to withdraw his statement.
Arguments in favour of Non-Hindus and Foreigners entering Temple:
Article 25(2) grants power to the State to enact the law on two distinct aspects.
Legal provisions related to entry at religious places:
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