Odisha Channel Bureau
Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday approved the Shri Lingaraj Temple Ordinance, 2020 in line with Shri Jagannath Temple Act, 1955.
The 11th century shrine is presently governed by the Odisha Hindu Religious Endowment Act and the Lingaraj Temple Act will help in better execution of rituals and management, the Chief Minister said in a series of tweets he posted after the Cabinet meeting.
As per Lingaraj Temple 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, said Patnaik.
An administrator will be appointed to manage day-to-day affairs while necessary provision will be made for budget, audit and inspection, he added.
Patnaik further said that the legislation will also help in protection, management of temple properties and eviction of unauthorised occupants.