Ratna Bhandar of Puri Srimandir to be opened on July 8

 

Puri: The Puri Jagannath Temple Ratna Bhandar is scheduled to be opened on July 8, said reports in this regard on Wednesday.

The news of opening of Ratna Bhandar was informed by Dr. D.B. Garnayak, the Superintendent of the Archeological Survey of India (ASI).

“As per the 2018 report, an inspection was done and cracks were observed, some stones had fallen and some iron rods were missing. The condition was not good. In the laser scanning, cracks were detected in the outer wall and joints. Through these cracks, rainwater might be entering,” said Garnayak.

“It was alleged that there was water seepage inside Ratna Bhandar during monsoon season. Sudarsan Pattnaik, the Srimandir Committee member expressed shock over it.

“The Committee had done an inspection and reported about seepage and other issues in 2018. Now six years have passed and when it was known that there was some problem in Ratna Bhandar, no step was taken despite letters by ASI. Now, in the laser scanning also detected cracks in Ratna Bhandar,” said Pattnaik.

According to Pattnaik, “Keeping the temple safe is everybody’s responsibility. Action should be taken for the six-year delay. I urge CM Mohan Majhi to take action and discuss the matter with ASI, the Temple officials and take appropriate decision.”

Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Chief Administrator Vir Vikram Yadav said, “The state government has constituted a committee and based on the recommendation, necessary steps will be taken accordingly.”

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