Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Feb 8:
Concerned over the rickety state of the Jagamohana of the Shree Jagannath temple, the 12th century shrine in Odisha’s holy town Puri, the authorities are contemplating to seek help of experts from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras.
The repair work has become more complex with the officials finding that the beams supporting outer room in front of the sanctum sanctorum are in a very fragile condition.
A meeting of the Sri Mandir maintenance core committee, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) chief administrator, Suresh Mohapatra and ASI director conservation held yesterday discussed the security aspect of the fragile condition of the Jagamohana. The Sri Mandir core committees as well as the temple administration were also apprised of the poor state of Jagamohana.
Notably, the stones holding the Jagamohana column capital stone have developed numerous cracks; this was found after whitewash was removed from them. The faults in these beams are a great danger to the Jagamohana, experts have said. ASI director has said that expert opinion is being sought for the repair work.
Since, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) does not have the required expertise, experts from Chennai IIT will be invited to study the Jagamohana’s super structure condition, faults in stone, stone beam condition. Based on this expert report, the restoration road map will be worked out, Janhwij Sharma Director Conservation, ASI said.
The Prime minister was not informed about the poor state of Jagamohana during his visit to Shree Jagannath temple by ASI DG. Dr. Bhavesh Tiwari, the core committee rued. It had asked Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) chief administrator to inform the prime minister about the issue.