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Devdasi seva ends in Puri

Centuries-old devadasi Seva in Sri Jagannath temple came to an end on Saturday with the demise of Mahari Parasmani, the last surviving servitor of Lord Jagannath. Puri : Parasmani (92) died in her sleep yesterday following a prolonged illness and her mortal remains were consigned to flames at Swargadwar today. Her relative Prasana Kumar Dash performed the last rites.Because of her old age, she was unable to render her service of reciting Geeta Govind for the last ten years. She served the lord for more than eight decades till 2010 when she was compelled to discontinue the seva because of her old age.Although the people often describe the service as Debadasi seva, it is recorded as “Mahari seva” in the official record of rights of the temple.The seva is divided into four sections—Bhitar gaeni (reciting religious songs in front of deities near Garbhagriha) in…