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Tobacco chewers to be banned in Puri Jagannath temple

File photo of Lord Jagannath Temple, Puri.

File photo of Lord Jagannath Temple, Puri.   | Photo Credit: Biswaranjan Rout

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A fine of up to ₹500 will have to paid if found chewing the substance inside temple premises.

With the spitting of tobacco becoming a challenge to cleanliness in public places, management of the 12th century Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri has banned the entry of devotees and priests found chewing either tobacco or paan (betel leaf).

Habitual tobacco and paan chewers will have to cough up fine of ₹500, if found chewing the substance inside temple premises, from August 1.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) at Puri on Monday.

P.K. Mohapatra, chief administrator of the SJTA, said the prohibition will come into force from August 1. Persons, irrespective of devotees, temple staff or priests, will be fined if found consuming tobacco or paan.

The administration will put up display boards to warn about the prohibition at different places. Guards deployed at the gates will be asked to check devotees and temple staff for the banned substance.

In most government offices including the State Secretariat, almost all corners and staircases have stains.

In order to prevent the menace, tiles having pictures of gods and goddesses were fixed at different places.

Though limited success has been achieved, authorities have not been able to completely control the nuisance.

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