ASI Inspects Puri Jagannath Temple; Kitchen Floor To Be Repaired In 10 Days

Puri: Two days after deities of Jagannath Temple here left for the nine-day sojourn to Gundicha Temple on Rath Yatra, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Sunday began an inspection of the 12th-century shrine.

Speaking to the media, ASI’s Odisha superintendent Arun Mallick said that Jagamohan and Nata Mandap do not need any work while maintenance of ‘Roasgahara’ (temple kitchen) will be completed within 10 days.

“The condition of Jagamohan and Nata Mandap is good. Permission has been sought from the ASI DG for the installation of CCTVs in view of the security of the Jagannath Temple,” he added.

According to sources, the team also inspected the structural condition of the sanctum sanctorum (Garbadgruha). Ventilation, chemical washing of walls and other activities will be carried out at the sanctum sanctorum, officials said.

The silver cladding of the Kalahata gate will be completed soon and s special team from Mumbai has arrived in Puri for the same, they added.

IIT-Chennai Professor Arun Menon and Delhi Conservation Superintendent Engineer Bhima were also present.

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