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Sharmili Mallick

Puri: The members of the sub-committee, formed to finalise the designs for the silver plating of the inner eight gigantic wooden doors of Lord Jagannath Temple, on Tuesday visited Raghurajpur village in Puri to collect the samples of the artwork to be used on the gates.

The 10-member team along with members of the Shree Jagannath Temple Managing Committee, Srimandir servitors and representatives of the Mumbai-based devotee who will donate the silver for the door-coating, visited the craft village of Puri yesterday and clicked photographs and collected samples for the designs.

The team has singled out several traditional designs having the imprints of Kalingan art style and Jagannath culture such as- 'sata dala padma', 'olta padma', 'futa padma', 'abarnaniya dala padma' and 'sahashra dala padma'.

The final decision on the design for the silver cladding will be taken in a meeting scheduled to be held on November 19. A report will be then submitted to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). After getting approval of the ASI, the work of the silver plating of all the eight doors of Srimandir would begin, said sources.

"The team clicked photographs of many artworks which depicted the Kalingan architecture. Seven to eight designs will be made for each door and one of those would be finalised," said a servitor of Lord Jagannath temple, Madhab Chandra Pujapanda.

"Many pattachitra designs for the borders were shown to them, apart from corners and other places of the door which depicted the Kalingan temple art style. As the team engaged for the silver cladding of the gates are from Mumbai and possess different style and skills, we need to help them in crafting the design," said a silver artisan of Raghurajpur village.

In the first phase, the Satapahacha door would be revamped. It is estimated that around 2.5 tonnes of silver will be used for reconstructing the wooden doors.

(Edited By Devbrat Patnaik)

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