(king) of Puri
present one of the Members of the Temple Committee).
||He officiates for the
Raja in Cherapahara and other functions when the Raja is prevented from
performing them for some reason or other.
||He had vast power and
functions in the past but many have disappeared at present.He is of the
puspalak class and had the key of the Bhandara till 1930.He is to execute all
orders of the temple authorities and to see that all the sevakas do their duty
properly.Performs Sari Bandha ceremony.
||In charge of Bahar
Bhandar containing all the jewellery etc.,required for the daily use of the
||Parichas were at one
time managing the temple whose work is now reduced at present to hold a gold
cane at the Sakala Dhupa Patuara and in certain festivals.
||He keeps accounts of
the Bhandar,Changada Gharas,transfer of Seva and distributes Parvani Kheis.
||He keeps accounts of
the Bhandar and as Tadau puts seals in functions when required and puts dates
about all Niti.
||Charchiat sees that the
nitis are performed regularly.
Purohits,including Deul purohits make Ratha Anukula,Abhisek,etc.Sri Bimala
Pujak performs puja in Shola-puja and Shrotriya.Brahmins are deputed for
Navakalebar to performs as Acharyas and the various other ceremonies.
||Pujakas consisting of
Puja Pandas perform puja i.e., Naivedya for the deities.Bada-panda is also a
puja panda appointed to see that other puja pandas perform their duties
||Daitas work on special
occasions like Navakalebar,Car festival,Anabasar etc.
||Patis work with Daitas
but who have got other special functions,being Brahmin Sevakas.
||Duttas work for
||Khuntias of various
kinds like Palia Khuntia,Behera Khuntia,Bilaijaga Khuntia,Rukuna Harana Khuntia
etc.,their main duty being to pronounce Manima Daka, etc., and watch the
||Changada Mekap is in
charge of deities clothes and other Mekaps like Palia Mekaps have specific
duties to perform.Akhanda Mekap is to light Ratna Dipa of the Deities from
Dwarafita to Pahuda.
||Padhiaris guard the
Deities,go to call for Bhogas and are to look to the safety of the pilgrims.
||Gochikars belong to
padhiari class who watch Jaya-Vijaya Dwara.
||Binakar plays Bina to
the deities before thay go to sleep.
||Bhitara Gayeni sings
songs at the time of pahuda and at other festivals.
||Samprada Nijoga, i.e.,
dancing girls who dance at the time of patuara.
||Madeli plays Madala at
the time of patuara.
||Sankhua plays with
Sankha with Baijayantries.
||Kahalia blows Vije
and Ghanta Nijoga
||Ghantua and Ghanta
Nijoga work with Bells daily and on festivals
recites Gitagovinda before the Lord at Chandan Lagi.
Dihuri and Chamu Dihuri
||Chakra Dihuri and Chamu
Dihuri carry masals at festivals,etc.
||The Simharis or
pasupalakas dress the Lords in clothing and adorn them with flowers at all
times and perform their Avakasha Puja.
||Suara Badus(Bhoga Saita
Suara Badu,Behera Suara Badu) wash the pokharia several times,supply
||Patri Badus supply Puja
Upakarans throughout the day.
||Garabadu serves the
Gods by supplying water at times of Pujas and other nitis.
Suara and Anasara Sudha Suar
||Sudha Suara and Anasara
Sudha Suar make preparations for puja (pujathan at Ballav Bhoga etc.)
||Muduli keeps charge of
puja utensils and other daily puja Upakarans and supplies to Mekaps.
Nayak,Bidia and Tambul Sevak
||Hadapa Nayak,Bidia and
Tambul Sevak serve to prepare and carry betel to the Lords.
||Ghatuaris to prepare
and serve Anjana,Chandan and Mahadipa for daily and parbajatra nitis.
||Tulasia supplies Tulasi
daily scented flowers.
||Mahabhoi supplies curd
and other milk products.
water required in the temple throughout the day.
||Balita Sevak supplies
||Kumbhar Bishoi supplies
Handi and Kudua and other pottery required daily.
||Doudia supplies rope to
draw water from Shri Bimala Well.
||Malacula Sevak supplies
Chula,etc.,for some festivals.
||Mulia Suansia supplies
||Joganias for Kotha
Bhoga,Parvajatra,Ballav and Bahar Deuli to carry articles and Ballav and supply
them at required places.
||Bimanabadus carry all
Behera and Dolias
||Chapa Behera and Dolias
work to prepare Chapas.
||Ratha Bhois work and
supply labourers for construction of cars.
||Kalabethias drag the
||Karatias or Sawers work
for car Construction.
||Tamra Bishoi works as
copper-smith in car festival.