Devotee To Donate Gold Ornaments Worth Over Rs 20 Lakh To Jagannath Temple In Puri

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Puri: An anonymous devotee will donate gold ornaments weighing around 400 gm worth over Rs 20 lakh to the Jagannath temple here.

According to sources, the devotee had approached chief administrator of the temple to donate ornaments for the deities. The temple administration agreed to his proposal and sent him the designs of ornaments. The donor’s jeweller will prepare the ornaments.

Several ornaments used on the face of Lord Jagannath like Chandra and Surjya (sun and moon) would be made out of the donated gold. Besides, the devotee would donate gold foils (Subarna Patia) for the Trinity, which are used during the Abakasa ritual, the sources said.

Since the present ornaments have become very old, the administration agreed to the proposal of the devotee who will make new ornaments based on the original style. The ornaments are expected to be prepared within a month, said a member of the Srimandir Management Committee.

A Mumbai-based devotee will also donate gold ornaments worth Rs 2.5 crore for the Trinity by the end of Kartik month. The ornaments to be remade by the devotee include Srimukha Padma (of Lord Jagannath), Tadaki (of Devi Subhadra), Jhobakanti (of Lord Balabhadra), and a number of other necklaces.

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