The Telegraph
Wednesday , June 28 , 2017

Dhanbad help in temple repair

Bhubaneswar, June 27: The Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR), Dhanbad, will help in the conservation of the 12th century Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri.

The CIMFR, Dhanbad, a constituent laboratory under the aegis of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), will provide the research and development inputs to the temple conservationists in developing the technology for circulating air within a closed place. "This technology is important because lack of proper ventilation affects the longevity of the temple structure," said an expert.

Working president of the technical committee, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), G.C. Mitra today told The Telegraph: "The CIMFR has submitted its report and we will soon place our report before the temple management committee for consideration."

Member of the technical committee of the ASI Dharmapada Mishra said: "One expert in the rank of a professor from the institute today visited the temple, along with members of the core committee, to inspect the status of the sanctum sanctorum (Garvagriha) of the shrine. Though the structure is completely safe, there is need for proper ventilation inside the sanctum sanctorum. The CIMFR will provide technical support to the temple administration."

The team inspected the Garvagriha as the deities have left the temple for the nine-day sojourn at Shree Gundicha temple. The committee also inspected the Jagmohan (prayer hall) and the Nata Mandap. "It's a routine inspection. Though the work on the Jagmohan (prayer hall) has already been completed, there is a need for annual repairs of the sanctum sanctorum. Many of the ventilation points have been closed. They will be reopened," Mishra said.

Director, (monument), ASI, A.K. Patel said: "We will complete the required repairs within seven days. The temple structure is completely safe."

Since the ASI took over the conservation work in the 1970s, 17 stones have reportedly fallen from the main shrine and other places inside the temple complex. The issue had shot to limelight when corbel stones fell in front of the idol of Lord Balabhadra.

According to the core committee's suggestion, the repairs on Jagmohan were undertaken and were being monitored by Orissa High Court. "Nearly 95 tonnes of stainless steel have been used for the purpose," said an expert committee member.

Justice B.P. Das, who is heading a commission to suggest reforms in the temple administration, will also visit the shrine. In the first phase, it has focused on the modernisation of the temple kitchen, which provides cooked prasad to nearly 20,000 persons.

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