Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 16:
Puri king Gajapati Maharaj Dibya Singha Deb, the first servitor of Lord Jagannath, the presiding deity of Shree Jagannath Temple in Odisha’s Puri expressed grave concern over the distressed condition of the Jagamohana of the 12th-century shrine and urged for its restoration on a war-footing basis.
“Jagamohana’s condition is alarming. The responsibility for its repair and restoration has been taken up by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). It seems that they are delaying it,” told Deb to reporters at a press conference here today.
“This servitor of the Lord would request that whatever action for restoration and conservation that would be taken up should be of high quality and permanent in nature,” he added.
“In my understanding probably, the ASI in Delhi has not accepted in full the recommendations of the technical core committee and therefore this delay. Experts have given varying opinions they should arrive at a consensus,” Deb pointed out.
Meanwhile, a day after Prof G C Mitra, former working chairman of the technical core committee making a statement on the alarming condition of the Jagamohana, a member of the committee N C Pal today expressed similar opinion.
“We stand by the recommendations made by us on behalf of the core committee. After a detailed examination of various options, this particular option is executable under the present circumstances since Rath Yatra is approaching and there is no time left. We have to keep it under the temporary support system till the Yatra. Under such circumstances, there is no scope for study or examination. We suggest that under the circumstances study or examination should be taken up after fixing up of stainless steel frames,” commented Pal.