Tara Tarini Development Board holds general body meeting

Traditional ritualistic inaugural ceremony of the new temple of Tara Tarini hill shrine will be held on March 9. This was decided at a general body meeting of the Tara Tarini Development Board (TTDB) which was chaired by the State Law and Rural Development Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh.

The temple was built at a cost of around Rs. 2.50 crores as part of the measures initiated to transform the hill shrine into a major tourist destination of Orissa. The new temple is unique as it is a modern temple completely built adhering to the tenets of ancient Orissan temple architecture.

It is a ‘Rekha' style temple, which major examples are Jagannath temple of Puri and Lingaraj temple of Bhubaneswar. A replica of the famous arch of Mukteswar temple in Bhubaneswar is also established in front of the newly-constructed temple. The temple also bears intricate carvings. Sculptor Padmavibhusan Raghunath Mohapatra was the master architect of this modern temple built up in ancient form. Its major building material was sandstone which was abundantly used in the ancient temples of Orissa. Construction of the temple started in 2003.

According to TTDB secretary Pramod Panda, the finishing work of the construction is on and within next one-and-half months total construction work of the temple will be completed. The new temple has replaced the old concrete temple of British era at the hill shrine.

The new Rekha style temple at the hill shrine has an elevation of about 55 ft. above the hilltop. So, it is easily visible from places within a radius of 10 km from the shrine. The sandstone slabs used for the construction of the temple were procured from Ganjam and Nayagarh districts. Like the traditional temples, large black granite slabs were used as lintels for the new temple. These black granite slabs were procured from Buguda region of Ganjam district.

Ghat road work

Work on the new ghat road to the hill top, which is being constructed at a cost of Rs. 5 crores by the Rural Development Department, is also scheduled to be completed by the end of February. Another ring road being constructed around the Tara Tarini hill at a cost of Rs. 50 lakhs is also to be completed by the time.