Anirbaan Hritiq

A scientific team of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) headed by its Additional DG (Conservation) Janhwij Sharma today carried out an inspection of the Nata Mandap of Puri Jagannath temple and reviewed the present status of the cracks on its beams.

The inspection was done in presence of amicus curiae NK Mohanty and ASI Odisha superintendent Arun Mallick. They were also accompanied by Professor Arun Menon of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai.

Along with the examination of the Nata Mandap crack, the team also inspected in detail the cracks which have emerged on the upper beams of Garuda Stambha.

Post the inspection, Mallick informed that the cracks haven’t widened. However, repair works will soon be initiated as part of the preservation of the heritage structures. “We have thoroughly examined the present condition of the Nata Mandap in presence of all senior officials and experts. The status of the crack remains the same as it was four years back. All repair works will be completed within the stipulated period,” said the ASI superintendent, adding that necessary discussions will be carried out with temple administration on basis of the current status report.

Earlier on September 17, amicus curiae NK Mohanty had inspected the status of Nata Mandap following the orders of Orissa High Court. Mohanty had stated that the repair work is expected to complete by March 2023.