Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 1:
The pocket framing of Jagamohana, the prayer hall adjoining the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Jagannath temple, the 12th-century shrine in Odisha’s holy town Puri will commence from September 6.
“A consensus has been reached at over what is needed in connection with the repair of the temple. These works will be taken up gradually in due course. Pocket framing will commence from 6th of this month,” informed Archaeological Society of India (ASI) Technical Core Committee Chairman G C Mitra after the conclusion of the meeting on Jagamohana repair here.
“Repair of Jagamohana’s capital stone and four pillars will begin from Tuesday. Everyday repair work will begin at noon after Sakala Dhoopa till 6 PM. Devotees will be allowed to enter the temple in the evening after the repair work,” said Chief Administrator of Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Suresh Chandra Mohapatra briefing newsmen after the meeting.
“ASI is yet to provide the design of the steel beam to be used in the repair. ASI will provide the design of the steel beam after consultations with IIT-Madras. The ASI cannot repair steel beam. The Works department will do the job under the supervision of ASI. It’s has been targeted to complete the repair within two-three months,” he added.
The meeting which was held detailed discussions on Jagamohana repair in two sessions today was attended by ASI’s Joint Director General (Conservation) Janhwij Sharma, Core Committee members, officials of the SJTA and members of the Technical Committee.