Gajapati Dibyasingha Deba – Full Length Interview – Exclusive‘OdishaLive’ interviews Shri Dibyasingha Deba, Gajapati Maharaj of Puri (India), who is also called as the ‘Aadya Sevak’ (First Servant) of Lord Jagannath.

The interview was done by Mr. Nilambar Rath, Editor-in-Chief, ‘OdishaLive’, a couple of days before the Rath Yatra – the world famous car festival of the Lords.

The interview covered various subjects including his early days of this religious service, spreading of Shri Jagannnath Culture across Gajapati - Pics - for Webthe globe, the issues relating to the administration of Shri Jagannath Temple and the role of the Govt. in managing the Temple etc.

Gajapati was very much articulate on the issue of ascending on the chariots of the Lord and touching the deities, which was a major debate recently and case had been gone to Odisha High Court. He affirmed once again saying no such practice is accepted. He repeated that Shankaracharya of Govardhan Math, Puri, is the final authority and the last word on any issue relating to religious and spiritual in nature.

This happens to the the first ever full length interview of Gajapati for the web media. It is produced as a part of series of interviews under the title ‘Power Talk’ anchored by Mr. Nilambar Rath. You can directly email your feedback to Mr .Rath at

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