Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: A total of 10 members including five authorised persons from Puri Srimandir will inspect the temple's Ratna Bhandar. A decision in this regard was taken at the Chhatisa Nijog meeting on Thursday.

The ten-member team will include five persons authorised by the temple under its Satwalipi (record of rights) comprising a representative of Puri Gajapati, Pattajoshi Mohapatra, Bhandar Mekap, Tadau Karan and Deula Karan. This apart, the team will have two engineers of ASI, two officials of ASI technical core committee- GC Mitra and NC Pal and representative of Orissa High Court Justice NK Mohanty.

Even though the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) had informed the Orissa High Court that the tentative date for inspection of the Ratna Bhandar is April 4, the final date is yet to be decided.

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SJTA Chief Administrator Pradeep Jena informed that the  final date of inspection will be declared after all arrangements are made.

“We have not fixed the date for inspection. Once that is done, the Chhatisa Nijog will be informed so that their representatives will be present near Beharana Dwar on the day of inspection,” Jena said.

As per the guidelines laid out in the SOP, the authorised persons will be frisked by police officials and then given "Gamucchas " to change in ‘Majena Mandap’. They will once again be checked by police before entering the Ratna Bhandar. Further, they will take oath before Lord Lokanath that they will not disclose any sort of information to anyone. After the inspection is completed, the officials will again be frisked by the police.

A detailed report of the inspection will be immediately prepared, signed and deposited before the chief administrator on the same day. Precautionary measures like oxygen supply and snake helpline will be ensured for safety of the team, informed the senior official.

Meanwhile, the decision over videographing the inspection proceedings has not been taken yet as the Chhatisa Nijog has disagreed with the proposal.

Sources said, the SJTA will soon inform the state government in this regard.