Odisha: ASI to conduct laser scanning of Puri Jagannath temple Ratna Bhandar

Bhubaneswar: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will conduct laser scanning of Jagannath temple Ratna Bhandar in Odisha’s Puri town.

The Shree Jagannath Temple Managing Committee has allowed the ASI to conduct laser scanning of the 12th century shrine’s Ratna Bhandar (treasury house) to examine its structural status.

“The ASI had earlier sought permission for conducting laser scanning of the temple treasury. The Srimandir Managing Committee today deliberated upon the issue in detail and allowed the ASI to go ahead with its plan in this regard,” said SJTA Chief Administrator Ranjan Kumar Das.

The ASI will make the necessary arrangements in this regard. “The temple is witnessing huge rush due to the ongoing Kartika Brata. The ASI has been asked to conduct the laser scanning without causing any inconvenience to the devotees visiting the shrine,” added the SJTA chief.

Das further revealed that the construction work for Shree Jagannath Heritage Corridor project will be completed by the schedule date.

The project will be dedicated to the people on January 17 next year.

The ASI had sought permission from the temple authorities to conduct laser scanning of Srimandir Ratna Bhandar as part of its conservation work at the shrine, sources said.

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