‘Meghnad Pachery' to retain its majesty

In order to uphold the majesty of ‘Meghnad Pachery'—the legendary boundary wall surrounding the famous Jagannath Temple of Puri, the High Court on Monday directed that no structure closer to the temple shall have higher elevation than the boundary wall.

The High Court also directed that there should not be any structure within the 10 feet distance from temple boundary and accordingly directed that the portion of Badachhata Mutt which has encroached upon the ‘Meghnad Pacheri' should be demolished within two months.

This direction of the High Court came while adjudicating a petition pertaining to the threat perceptions to the safety of the 12{+t}{+h}century shrine. Justice Pradeepta Mohanty and Justice Indrajit Mahanti, who had personally visited the temple to ascertain the facts, had earlier asked demolition of another mutt which was a threat to the Singhadwar (Lion Gate) of the temple.

It may also be mentioned here that several expert committees were of the view that the gate and boundary wall of the temple need immediate repair. The Puri district Collector too had made similar views and had ordered demolition of illegal structures. The order of the Collector was challenged in the High Court.

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