Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jul 29:
Temporary repair works of the Jagamohana of the Shree Jagannath temple, the 12th century shrine in Odisha’s holy town Puri, have been completed while permanent repair will be undertaken after an inspection by the Director General of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and a high level technical committee, informed Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) chief administrator Suresh Mohapatra here today.
Mohapatra said the cooling system have been commissioned at the Garbha Gruha (sanctum sanctorum) and Natamandap adding that repair works of the kalahata dwara and jai bijay dwara have been completed.
Work on installation of a cooling system in the Garbha Gruha to solve the humidity problem has been commissioned. Two machines have been installed at the Jhulana Mandap of the temple with pipe connections extending to the Garbha Gruha. While one machine would infuse cool air into the sanctum sanctorum, the other one will exhaust humid air.
Engineers of MECON, a subsidiary company of SAIL, have designed the project to infuse cool air and exhaust humid air from the sanctum sanctorum at an estimated cost of Rs 25 lakh which has been borne by the company.
Mohapatra said restrictions have been imposed on bursting of crackers during Niladri Bije ritual of the deities scheduled for tomorrow.
Multiple cracks have been noticed in the ceiling of the Jagamohana of the 12th century shrine. Two stone blocks have got dislodged from their position in the ceiling of the Jagamohana. The entire ceiling of the Jagamohana needs immediate and full-fledged repair, said experts.
The SJTA has sought immediate intervention of the ASI for conservation of the temple in Puri.
In a letter to DG of the ASI Rakesh Tewari on July 24, the SJTA chief administrator said fissures have developed in the ceiling stone lintel and slabs inside the Shree Jagannath temple.
In his letter, Mohapatra had said: “Some temporary arrangements have been made to support the beams resting on the cracked stone column on the North-West side. However, long-term structural conservation and chemical stabilization are required for the Jagamohana to ensure longevity of the temple structure.”
According to the report of the expert committee, the stone column capital on the North-West side on which the Jagamohana’s ceiling rests has developed a crack and a stone block is hanging out of it dangerously, posing the risk of a major accident.
ASI sources said removal of dead plaster, chemical treatment and other measures would need more than three months. For this, the deities will have to be moved, they added.