ASI mulls pillars close to Jaya-Vijaya sculpture

Bhubaneswar: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is considering to build two concrete pillars to support the wall adjacent to Jaya-Vijaya sculpture near Singhadwara at Sri Jagannath Temple in Puri.
 
This was stated by an official of the technical core committee which visited the 12th century shrine on Tuesday to inspect the condition of Singhadwara.
 
"We inspected the Gumuta and Jagamohan temple. It is impossible to put steel beams above the pillars close to Jaya-Vijayaa idols. The stone pillars are in a fragile condition," Prof GC Mitra, chief of technical core committee, ASI, said.
 
The officials too observed weight of the Pratihari Niyog building, which had encroached upon Singhadwar and Chauni Matha, has weakened the Gumuta .
 
Earlier, on March 21, the High Court had ordered all illegal structures surrounding Sri Jagannath Temple should be demolished within 15 days from March 29 and directed the ASI to complete
all repair works of the Singhadwar within three months.
 
Abiding to HC order, the district administration completed the demolition task in about five days.