Ranchi administration to take control of famed Deori temple | Ranchi News

RANCHI: The district administration on Saturday took over the management of the centuries’ old and much revered Deori temple on the Ranchi-Tatanagar stretch of National Highway-33 after “frequent complaints of wrongdoings and lack of transparency in its functioning”.
Until now, the temple was being run by a few priests and some locals (bahubalis) which allegedly led to disputes and financial mismanagement.
From now on, a 13-member committee, comprising four representatives from the administration, two public representatives and the rest from the temple and nearby villages, will look into its day-to-day affairs. Talking to TOI over phone, Tamar circle officer Kamal Kishore Singh said, “Since October 12, Bundu sub-division and administrative officials held several meetings regarding management of the temple before the new committee was formed. The district administration had to intervene in the management of the temple’s affairs following several complaints of financial irregularities.”
He further said all donations and funds that the temple receives will be under monthly scrutiny and audits from now on. “Like we get to see in Ranchi’s Pahari mandi, Deoghar temple and others, the administration will put a seal on the donation boxes (daan-petis) which will only be opened once a month under video surveillance. The donations will be the temple’s property and not someone’s personal earnings,” he added.
While the decision to bring it under the administration’s control was met with resistance from a few section of people associated with the temple and some local tribals and non-tribals who resorted to protests, the district officials claimed that such disputes have been settled now.
A panda (priest) unwilling to be named said only a handful of people used to run the temple which was leading to tiffs. “It had to stop somewhere. Only those who don’t want transparency in its functioning and wish to control the temple and its earnings are resorting to agitations. All the villagers are, however, happy with the decision,” he said.
Located around 60km from the state capital, the temple is a worshipping place a goddess Durga idol with solabhuja (16 hands). The the idol is believed to be around 700 years old. It is reportedly the only temple where tribal priests, known as Pahans, perform rituals and prayers alongside Brahmin priests. During Navaratri, devotees flock to the temple to offer puja and the line is often 7km-long which extends all the way to NH-33.
The temple came into prominence when former Team India skipper M S Dhoni began visiting it whenever he was in his hometown.
(With inputs from Mukesh Kumar Bhatt)

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