Rituals delayed on first day of Jagamohana repair

Puri: On a day when the repair work of Jagamohan, the hall facing the sanctum sanctorum of Jagannath Temple here, is scheduled to begin, rituals of the temple were delayed by over two hours.

The Singha Dwara of the temple, supposed to open at 2.00 am as per the revised schedule to accommodate the repair work, opened at 4:20 am while the inner gate opened at 4:40 am. Mangal alati was performed at 5:20 am.

Earlier on Monday, a meeting was convened by Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Chief Administrator Suresh Chandra Mohapatra with servitors of the temple representing the seven Nijogs to ensure hassle-free renovation work.

The meeting discussed steps to manage the movement of servitors and devotees while the maintenance work is on. According to sources, the temple gates will open at 2 AM to complete all the rituals and the second offering to the deities by 10 AM, informed sources. After these rituals, maintenance work will be undertaken by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), it was decided at the meeting.

“The rituals will begin at 2 AM and will be streamlined within 2-3 days. For renovation, first the scaffolding will be put up and then the removal of coating will be done. The devotees can have darshan of the deities staying within the barricade,” Suresh Mohapatra, chief administrator, SJTA said after the meeting.

Two committees have been constituted to oversee the rituals during the maintenance period. While one committee will supervise the rituals between 2 to 10 AM, the other will oversee the rituals between 7 PM to 12 AM, informed sources.

Another committee has been constituted to supervise the maintenance work.

“The committee will look into the problems likely to occur during the repair work of Jagamohan. It will also ensure that lime stone powders do not fall on the deities during the repair work,” Biswanath Samantara, member, Jagamohan repair ritual committee, said.