Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 3:
Odisha’s leading jewellery retail chain–Khimji Jewellers—has undertaken the repair and restoration works of the ‘Ratna Chita’ of the Trinity of Lord Jagannath temple in Odisha’s pilgrim city of Puri.
Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has assigned Khimji Jewellers to undertake the repair and restoration work of the forehead ornaments of the Trinity from June 29. Keeping in view that the ‘Ratna Chita’ or forehead ornaments studded with precious stones had worn out over years, the temple administration had decided to go for the repair and restoration of the Ratna Chita.
“The repair work is being undertaken by Khimji Jewellers inside the Jagannath Temple premises at Navikata Mandap by two of our most experienced artisans from June 29 under direct supervision and watch of the temple administration and servitors’ representatives. While the work on the Ratna Chita of Lord Balabhadra commenced first and is nearing completion, the work on the forehead ornaments of Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra will start soon and get completed in time,“ Stating this Mitesh Khimji, Director, Khimji Jewellers said.
“We at Khimji Jewellers are feeling blessed and very fortunate to have got the opportunity to get associated with such a pious service of the Lords. We are very much thankful to Sri Jagannath Temple managing body to have chosen Khimji Jewellers to work on repair and restoration of holy Ratna Chita of the Trinity. In order to successfully repair and restore the holy Ratna Chita to their historic glory, we are also taking utmost care by use of the most suitable equipment, techniques and experienced artisan to preserve the precious metal and stones in the holy Ratna Chita” Khimji added.
It may be noted here that Khimji Jewellers, established in 1936, had earlier also undertaken similar works for some of the major temples of Odisha.