Puri: The extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani that hit Odisha on Friday caused extensive damage to Puri district and also left a trail of destruction in the Srimandir.
Following this, the darshan and rituals of the deities were disrupted while the preparation of ‘Mahaprasad’ has been hit on the aftermath of cyclone Fani.
According to sources, Lord Jaya gatekeepers (Dwarapalaka) at the Lion Gateway (Singhadwara) of the Srimandir were damaged due to heavy wind and rainfall. Similarly, lion idols on the south and west side of the temple were also corroded due to the heavy wind and rainfall.
Iron supports installed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) fell off in the temple resulting in damages to the Sakhigopal and Baraha temples on the premises of the Srimandir. Kalpa Bata Bruksha (mythical banyan tree) inside the temple ‘Bedha’ also faced the wrath of the cyclonic storm.
Besides, the Grand Road (Bada Danda) and the sea beach give an elaborate illustration of the destruction followed by the landfall of ‘near super cyclone FANI’, sources added.
Notably, extremely severe cyclonic storm FANI made landfall at Puri on May 3 wreaking havoc in the area.