Odisha: Jagannath temple Natamandap repair work from tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will commence repair work at Natamandap (dancing hall) of Jagannath temple at Odisha’s Puri town tomorrow (November 17).

The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today provided the required approval to the ASI to carry out the repair work.

The Orissa High Court yesterday directed the ASI to start repair work at Natamandap on November 16 (today) while hearing a case pertaining to the conservation of the 12th century shrine.

“The ASI will commence Natamandap repair work tomorrow. The temple administration today gave its nod to the ASI. The repair work will be done within 6 am and 10 pm on a day without causing any hindrances to the devotees and the rituals of the presiding deities,” said SJTA Chief Administrator Ranjan Kumar Das.

The Jagannath temple technical team will supervise the work while the shrine commander and supervisor have been asked to manage the crowd on the temple premises, he added.

“The ASI will install iron scaffolding at Natamandap for the repair work. Our officials will coordinate with the ASI for smooth work,” said the SJTA chief.

The ASI will complete Natamandap repair within 120 days. The agency will be allowed to carry out the work for six hours in one go after the completion of Kartika rituals at the 12th century shrine, said Jagannath Temple Managing Committee member Madhab Mahapatra.

In another development, the temple authorities have decided to repair the ‘Ratnapalank’ of Lord Jagannath. “The skilled artisans will start Ratnapalank repair work tomorrow,” said an official of the 12th century shrine.

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