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Experts inspect Puri Jagannath temple treasury

Survey on orders of Orissa High Court

A 16-member team, including three experts of the Archaeological Survey of India, on Wednesday inspected the Ratna Bhandar of Lord Jagannath temple in Puri to see whether the temple treasury is in need of any repair work.

The inspection was carried out as per the orders of the Orissa High Court which is monitoring the repairs undertaken by the ASI at the 12th century shrine since 2016.

Wall damp

Chief Administrator of Lord Jagannath Temple Pradeep Jena, who was part of the team, told presspersons that they found the wall of the outer chamber of the Ratna Bhandar damp.

A report on the inspection by the team would be submitted to the High Court, Mr. Jena said.

The team, however, did not go inside the inner chamber of the Ratna Bhandar. The inner chamber was inspected through a grill gate by using searchlights, Mr. Jena said.

The Ratna Bhandar, adjacent to Jagamohan (prayer hall of the temple), stores large number of ornaments made of gold, and valuable items, some of which are used during the Suna Besha ceremonies of the deities.

According to a recent statement issued by the temple management committee, the Ratna Bhandar was first inspected in 1905 and then in 1926.

After the State government took over the temple management, the Ratna Bhandar was again inspected and a detailed list of the items stored in both the chambers was made in 1978.

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