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Odishatv Bureau

Puri: After inspection of the Garbha Gruha (sanctum sanctorum) of the Jagannath Temple the technical team of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) today informed that it is safe except for a minor ventilation issue that will be inspected by a special committee.

When asked about the Jagamohan repair, Director (Monument) of ASI said, "The construction work is almost complete. The remaining work can be completed within two months after getting permission from the temple administration."

Earlier on June 2, chief of the technical core commitee NC Pal had informed that ongoing repairs and conservation of Jagamohan is almost over.

Fixing of capitol stone, columns and vertical beams have been completed. As many as 16 steel frames have been reinforced to the four columns and 16 box frames also been stacked below the stone beams. A total of 95 tonne stainless steel have been used in the repair works, said Pal.

Barring some minor repairs, most of the renovation works which had started in January 27 last year were completed within the stipulated deadline before this year’s Snana Yatra ritual of the three deities.

While, the repair of the ceiling was yet to be undertaken, the core committee had decided to carry it out during Rath Yatra when the deities would be on their annual sojourn.

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