Puri: Chief Minister (CM) Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday suddenly arrived in Puri and visited the Lord Jagannath Temple and took stock of ongoing repair works of the Sanctum Sanctorum (Jagamohan) from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials and engineers of the State Works Department.
The CM also held discussions with Temple’s Chief Administrator Pradeep Jena over the matter. Speaking to the media, Patnaik said he has directed the concerned officials to complete the Jagamohan repairs soon and thanked the servitors and officials for smoothly conducting the last Chariot festival.
Temple Chief Administrator Jena later held a meeting of the temple managing body and the Nijogs (servitors’ associations). It was resolved to complete the Jagamohan repairs and beautify the steel brackets, columns and beams at par with the temple architecture within four months. Work would be carried out on an eight-hour basis daily.
The ASI and Works Department engineers would work together. The floor of the Jagamohan would be renovated while the inner roof would be decorated with the traditional religious art work by the temple Chitrakaras.