Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

The much-awaited heritage corridor 'parikrama marg' project of Puri Shree Jagannath Temple will be soon set on foot by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

As per rituals planned, the Ankur Ropana niti is scheduled to be conducted on November 21 to make way for a Yagnya which will be conducted in front of the Northern gate near the 'Aishanya Kona' of the temple. The 'Purna Ahuti' of the Yagnya will be done on November 24. 

CM Patnaik is likely to lay the foundation stone of the heritage corridor any day between November 21 and 24. 

The administration of Shree Jagannath Temple conducted a high-level meeting on Monday to lay out detailed preparations for the historic programme at the 12th century historic shrine. The chief of Srimandir Temple Administration Krishan Kumar informed that the preparations for initiating the developmental corridor project are in the final stages.

"Odisha Cabinet had approved Puri Srimandir heritage corridor resolution and the works will soon begin. As per Vedic rituals, a Yagnya will be conducted to mark the commencement of the project. Moreover, some other events are also scheduled to be held during the period. The final programme will be conducted on November 24. A meeting was held today to prepare the blueprint of the entire programme," said Kumar.

It is pertinent to mention here, the Puri district administration had carried out extensive eviction drive in the vicinity of the 12th-century shrine to make way for the Heritage Corridor following the Odisha Cabinet's resolution for the construction of the showpiece developmental project.