ASI team inspects water leakage in Puri Srimandir’s Jagamohan

Puri: Following complaints of leakage in the roof of Jagamohan, the hall facing the sanctum sanctorum of Puri Jagannath Temple (Srimandir), a team of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Monday visited the temple for inspection.

While the inspection will continue for three days till August 23, professors from IIT Chennai and IIT Kharaghpur are all set to visit the Puri temple on Tuesday to assist in the inspection process.

Dharma Prasad Mishra, member of the ASI core committee, said, “During the three-day inspection, the entire structure of Srimandir, especially Nata Mandap, Jagamohan and Bhoga Mandap will be inspected and the leakages will be fixed.”

Experts from IIT Kharaghpur and IIT Chennai will visit the temple and carry out inspection and submit a report following which the repair work will begin. During the entire process, the Srimandir administration will extend all support to them, said advocate Ashok Mohapatra.

An affidavit related to Jagamohan repair has been submitted in the Orissa High Court with details of inspection of Mausima and Gundicha temples. Besides, an affidavit related to the renovation work of six temples on the outer premises of the Srimandir has also been submitted.

Meanwhile, the HC has directed the ASI to submit a status report on the repair work. The next hearing on the matter will be held on September 10.