Bhubaneswar: Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Friday assured that she will talk to the Nepal Government over supply of ‘Kasturi’ (musk collected from a stag’s navel) to Jagannath Temple Puri.
After paying obeisance at the 12th century shrine in Puri, Bhandari when asked by media persons about her view on supply of the aromatic substance, assured that she will certainly take up the issue with the Nepal Government soon.
“I assure you that I will talk to the Nepal Government about the supply of Kasturi,” said the President. Kasturi is used for the facial of the presiding sibling deities.
The Puri Jagannath Temple is facing a shortage of ‘Kasturi’ since a long. The aromatic substance is collected from the stag’s gland, also known as musk pod. The royal family of Nepal had been providing the stuff free of cost since past few decades as a token of gratitude towards Jagannath. The Nepal’s kings are great devotees of the Lord. But after the fall of monarchy in Nepal, the practice had been stopped. The temple last received ‘kasturi’ from Nepal king in 2002, sources said. The Nepal Royal family used to donate ‘kasturi’ free of cost.
Though the Government had written to the Nepal Government over the issue on several occasions, but nothing tangible has happened as yet.
Though the temple often received kasturi as donation from devotees, but the quality was not similar to the stuffs sent by Nepal's royal family. The 12th century priests prefer ‘kasturi’ from Nepal for its purity.
Apart from Puri Shankaracharya and the Gajapati King of Odisha, the royal family of Nepal is allowed to ascend the Ratna Vedi (the altar on which Lord Jagannath and His siblings Balabhadra and Subhadra are placed), and offer prayers to the presiding deities. Ascending the Ratna Vedi is considered to be a special privilege.