Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, May 10:
In a joint operation, the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) and the district administration today began demolition of encroachments within 10 feet of the Singhadwar (the main entrance or Lions Gate) of Odisha’s holiest shrine, the Jagannath temple in Puri.
The demolition drive was undertaken in pursuance of the directive of the Odisha High Court which had ordered the removal of all encroachments within 10 feet of the Sri Jagannath temple in view of both security and conservation concerns of the holy Hindu shrine which attracts thousands of devotees every day.
No resistance was reported during the drive which began with the demolition of the century old building of the Pratihari Nijog near the Lions gate (Singha Dwara).
The office bearers of the Nijog held discussions with the temple administration to provide them with an alternative site so that they could easily perform the daily rituals associated with Lord Jagannath, sources said.