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Air India Magazine Says Puri Temple Serves Non-Vegetarian Dishes, Later Apologises

Picture of the Air India magazine article which says there are at least 285 variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes cooked every day at Puri's Jagannath Temple.

Picture of the Air India magazine article which says there are at least 285 variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes cooked every day at Puri's Jagannath Temple.

Air India was forced to apologise on Saturday after its in-flight magazine Shubh Yatra carried an article saying non-vegetarian dishes were also served at the Puri Jagannath temple.

Bhubaneswar: Air India was forced to apologise on Saturday after its in-flight magazine Shubh Yatra carried an article saying non-vegetarian dishes were also served at the Puri Jagannath temple.

The article 'Devotion can be Delicious' said, "Jagannath Temple’s kitchen in Puri since its inception has had an army of 500 cooks and 300 helpers to serve 1,00,000 people every day, round the clock - which means almost 285 variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes every day.”

Devotees in Puri and other parts of Odisha came out in protests forcing the national carrier and its chief Ashwani Lohani to apologise and clarify that it did not mean to "hurt sentiments"."

"#AI apologises for the error. Our intention was not to hurt sentiments. #ShubhYatra magazine copies have been removed with immediate effect," the airline said in a tweet.

The article also carried a picture purportedly of the Jagannath temple's kitchen, though as a matter of tradition it is not photographed.

Earlier, when CNN-News18 contacted the magazine editor Jayita Bandyopadhyay she said she will comment after contacting the "expert who wrote the article".

Odisha Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Panda deflected calls for his resignation over the issue saying the magazine belongs to the Central government.

first published:October 29, 2016, 17:43 IST