Bhubaneswar: A youth of Saturday climbed atop the Lord Jagannath temple in Puri, Odisha, and tore the Patitapaban Bana (holy flag) and tied a ‘gamuccha’ on the Nilachakra, a report claimed. The man has been detained by the police and is being interrogated.

Identified as Hatia Mahanta, a resident of Bhadrak Town, the youth climbed atop the shrine using a ladder fixed by the ASI.

On the basis of preliminary probe, Singhdwar SP Umashankar Das, as quoted by Odisha TV, said that the youth seemed to be mentally unstable. He added that the matter will be raised before the chief administrator of the temple.

Meanwhile, the youth during the interrogation revealed that a monkey had snatched away Rs 5000 from him on Friday. As the police did not take any action on his complaint, so he took charge himself. Thinking that the monkey might have climbed atop the temple with the money, he too did the same.

The Puri temple is famous for its annual Rath yatra in which the three principal deities are pulled on huge and elaborately decorated temple cars. The temple is sacred to all Hindus, especially to the ones who follow the Vaishnava traditions.