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The Calcutta High Court on Friday banned the entry of devotees to the ‘Garbha Griha’ (sanctum sanctorum) of Kalighat’s Kali Temple, saying the large number of visits was defacing the shrine.

A division bench of Chief Justice J.N. Patel and Justice Sambuddha Chakrabarti, however, allowed any two priests on a day to enter the ‘Garbha Griha’ to make the holy offerings to the deity and ordered the temple authorities to prepare a list of priests who shall be entrusted with the task.

The petitioners, contending that the entry of the devotees was not only resulting in defacement of the place but was also hurting its sanctity, prayed for an order prohibiting the entry of the devotees.



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