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Odisha: Cracks found in Nata Mandap of Sri Mandir

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Puri: A joint inspection team found some cracks in the column capital of Sri Mandir’s Nata Mandap here today.

The team comprising officials of IIT Chennai and Kharagpur and members of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) found some cracks in the columns inside the Nata Mandap during inspection at centuries old Jagannath temple in Pilgrim town Puri. .

Out of total four central column capital of Nata Mandap, cracks were detected in two, sources said.

Besides, water seepage from the ceiling was also detected in the Nata Mandap.

The expert team will explore alternative methods for repair of the damaged column capital of Nata Mandap following discussion. The ASI will take necessary action based on the report submitted by the team for the preservation of structure after discussing with the temple servitors and administration.

During the team’s three-day inspection, the officials also reviewed the condition of Bhoga Mandap and other structures.