UP woman donates ornaments to Jagannath temple in Odisha’s Puri

Bhubaneswar: A woman from Ghaziabad area of Uttar Pradesh donated a set of gold ornaments to the Jagannath temple in Odisha’s Puri town today.

Shusama Sharma of Ghaziabad met Jagannath temple Chief Administrator Ranjan Kumar Das at his office in Puri and donated a gold necklace weighing around 268 gram, two pairs of earrings, a finger ring and a pendent for the Lord.

Accepting the donation, the shrine Chief Administrator provided a gift box containing Mahaprasad, a piece of chariot wood and an image of the presiding deities of the 12th century shrine to Sharma.

Notably, the shrine has huge stocks of gold and silver ornaments and other precious items at its Ratna Bhandar (temple treasury).

According to sources, the temple has around 147 kg gold ornaments and around 200 kg silver ornaments and utensils at its treasury.

The temple authorities use some of these ornaments to decorate Lord Jagannath and his siblings Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra during the Suna Besa ritual—four times inside the sanctum sanctorum and once on the chariots in a year.

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