Bhubaneswar: The Jagannath temple in Puri has started efforts to standardize uniform rituals in all Jagannath temples across the globe and is organising a national conference in this regard.

Talking to the mediapersons on Saturday, Gajapati Maharaja of Puri Dibyasingha Deb said a five-day meet titled ‘Sri Jagannath Aikya Sthapana’ would be held at Puri from February 9 to 14 this year focusing on bringing about uniformity in rituals and festivites in all Jagannath temples.

As per sources, there are about 3,421 Jagannath temples in India, including 1,638 in Odisha. However, the temples follow their daily rituals and customs while observing the annual festivals on their own.

The Jagannath Temple Administration (JTA) will bring together chiefs of more than 1,000 temples from across India, scholars and Jagannath cult propagators to deliberate on the issue in February, said Deb.