Odisha CM pays surprise visit to Sri Mandir

Puri: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today paid a surprise visit to Sri Jagannath temple at Puri.

Patnaik directed Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Works Department to complete repair and conservation of Jagmohan (prayer hall adjoining the sanctum sanctorum or Garbha Griha) of the temple within four months.

“I came on a surprise visit to Sri Mandir today to pray to the Lord for the people of our state and to thank the Lord for the peaceful completion of the Rath Yatra. I also reviewed the repairs that are going on in the temple,” said Patnaik to reporters after visiting the Sri Mandir.

The Chief Minister during his visit to the temple appreciated the servitors for the smooth and disciplined conduct of the Rath Yatra this year.

Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA)’s Chief Administrator Pradip Jena said that during the four months beautification of Changada Ghara, Khata Seja and Garbha Griha of the temple will be completed.

“Everyday repairs will be undertaken for eight hours. Work will start from the day after tomorrow. All sevayat (servitor) friends said only one thing that works should be done continuously and materials for the same should be arranged so that the repairs do not take a long time,” said Jena briefing reporters after a meeting of the SJTA over Jagmohan repair.

Therefore from 14th of this month repair works of Jagamohan will be taken up for eight hours every day.

The SJTA chaired by Jena today held a meeting over Jagamohan repair. The meeting was attended by the Nayak of Chhattisa Nijog, Secretaries of ten Nijogs, members of the Sri Mandir’s Technical Core Committee and ASI officials.

The SJTA Chief Administrator sought the cooperation of all sevayats for the repair and construction of Changda Ghara and Bhandara Ghara at the meeting.

At the meeting sevayats proposed for cladding all doors of the Sri Mandir with the silver by using silver bricks recovered from Emar Mutt.

“At the meeting, we have proposed for cladding all doors of the Sri Mandir with silver utilizing the silver bricks recovered from Emar Mutt,” said Ramakrushna Das Mohapatra, a senior sevayat of the Daitapati Nijog.

A meeting of the Sri Mandir’s managing committee is scheduled for tomorrow to review Gundicha Yatra, Bahuda Yatra, Suna Besha and Niladri Bije rituals of the Lords.



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