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Tag: Ratna Bhandar

Mystery Of Missing Bhitara Ratna Bhandara Keys Of Srimandir Deepens After RTI Revelations
Mystery Of Missing Bhitara Ratna Bhandara Keys Of Srimandir Deepens After RTI Revelations

RTI activist Dillip Baral had sought information regarding the status of Ratna Bhandara’s original and duplicate keys. The district treasury officer’s letter, received by Baral in response to his query, has laid it bare that the keys of inner treasure chamber have been missing since 1970. 

Servitors Unhappy As Water Leaks Again In Srimandir Outer Ratna Bhandar

Puri: A section of servitors at the Shree Jagannath Temple here on Sunday expressed unhappiness alleging that a wall of the outer chamber of the Lords’ treasure house (Bahara Ratna Bhandar) is once again leaking water sans repair. Raising serious concern regarding the safety of the chamber, sevayat Narayan Mekap said, “We have already made […]

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Jagannath Temple Treasure: Odisha Govt Asks SJTA To Inspect Inner Sanctum Ornaments

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has directed the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) to inspect the ornaments of Bhitara Ratna Bhandar (inner sanctum of Lord Jagannath’s treasure trove) in Puri. The Law Department in a letter dated August 18 has said that appropriate action as deemed proper may please be taken in the matter. The department’s communique […]

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Govt’s Denial To Audit Ratna Bhandar Raises Eyebrows

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government’s refusal to audit Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar, the treasure trove of Lord Jagannath on Friday drew criticism from all quarters. Answering queries by legislators Suresh Routray and Kusum Tete, State Law Minister Pratap Jena today informed, “We don’t have any proposals to either open the Ratna Bhandar or audit it for now.” […]

Sevayats Stress On Opening of Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar

Puri: Ahead of the much awaited hearing in Supreme Court in January next year, senior sevayats on Monday stressed on opening the ‘Ratna Bhandar’, the treasure trove of Lord Jagannath and his siblings at Puri Srimandir. Senior daitapati sevayat, Binayak Dasmohapatra said,” The Ratna Bhandar should be opened and all the valuables including gold of […]

Odisha govt examining judicial commission report on missing keys of Puri temple's treasury

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government Monday said it has received the judicial commission’s report on the missing keys of the inner chamber of Ratna Bhandar (temple treasury) of the 12th-century Shree Jaganath temple in Puri. Odisha’s Minister of State for Home, D S Mishra said in a written reply to a question of Congress member Narasingha […]

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Srimandir Ratna Bhandar ornaments will be tallied, informs Law Minister

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Law Minister Pratap Jena today revealed that the inner and outer Ratna Bhandar of Puri Srimandir had 12838 bhari (10 gms approx) gold ornaments, 22153 bhari silver and 12 unweighed gold & silver items based on the assessment done in 1978. This important information was given by Jena at the Odisha Assembly in […]

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Ratna Bhandar controversy: Case against Collector, ex-SJTA administrator

Puri: Amid the controversy surrounding the key of Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar (treasure trove), a case was registered in the Puri Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) court against district Collector Arvind Agarwal and former chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Pradeep Jena today. As per reports, lawyer and petitioner Chinmaya Das filed an […]

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Demand for opening Srimandir's Ratna Bhandar gains momentum

Bhubaneswar/Puri:  With mystery still shrouding the discovery of duplicate key of Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Niranjan Patnaik on Saturday demanded for an audit of the Lord’s treasure trove. In a tweet, OPCC chief wrote, “Mr. Naveen Patnaik, please understand that the recent series of events have left a deep […]

There is no duplicate key of Ratna Bhandar: Srimandir's former deputy administrator

Bhubaneswar: At a time when Ratna Bhandar key fiasco continues to rattle the state, former deputy administrator of Puri Srimandir Ravindra Mishra on Friday made startling revelation that there is no ‘duplicate key’ of Ratna Bhandar. Mishra, who was present when the Ratna Bhandar was last opened in 1985, categorically stated that the inner chamber […]

Dharmendra Pradhan trains gun on CM over Ratna Bhandar duplicate key

Puri: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has once again targeted Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for keeping mum over the Ratna Bhandar key controversy. In a series of tweets on Thursday, Pradhan stated that while the CM presents his view on every small incident, his silence over the missing Ratna Bhandar key for so long has raised […]

Missing Ratna Bhandar key: Was replacing SJTA chief a damage control move?

Bhubaneswar: The corridors of power are buzzing with speculations over removal of Pradeep Jena as Chief Administrator of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) amid the ongoing controversy over the missing Ratna Bhandar key. Discussions are on whether Odisha government’s decision to remove Pradeep Jena was because of administrative lapses or a mere damage control […]

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Missing Ratna Bhandar Key: War of words between BJP & BJD continues

Cuttack/Bhubaneswar:  Continuing with its strategy to corner Odisha government, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Monday once again trained its gun on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over missing of Ratna Bhandar keys seeking his clarification whether the key is actually lost or has intentionally been misplaced. Addressing a presser in Cuttack, BJP spokesperson Pitambar Acharya said […]

Missing Ratna Bhandar key: Govt appoints Justice Raghubir Das to head Inquiry Commission

Bhubaneswar: Following widespread public outcry over the missing Ratna Bhandar key, the State Government today appointed Justice Raghubir Das, retired judge of Orissa High Court as Chairman of the ‘Commission of Inquiry’ set up to probe disappearance of the 12th century treasury key. Earlier, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had ordered a judicial probe into the […]

Carry out review of Ratna Bhandar management: Puri Shankaracharya

Puri: Puri Shankaracharya Nischalananda Saraswati on Tuesday urged for a detailed review on the management of ‘Ratna Bhandar’ – the treasure trove of Lord Jagannath. “There is a need to review the management of Ratna Bhandar in all these years. The Culture & Law ministers of the State Government, High Court, temple administration, Gajapati and […]

Missing Ratna Bhandar key: Know what Srimandir rules say

Bhubaneswar: Since OTV first reported about the disappearance of the Srimandir Ratna Bhandar (treasure trove) key, the controversy has snowballed, triggering outrage in various quarters.  It was a revelation when the news was first telecast, and continues to remain a mystery with allegations, counter allegations, speculations and outright condemnation not helping much. Amid such outcry, […]

Missing Ratna Bhandar key: Dama Rout questions judicial inquiry, Puri King's silence

Bhubaneswar: The judicial probe ordered by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik into disappearance of Srimandir Ratna Bhandar (treasure trove) key is just a tactics to divert the attention of the opposition, said senior ruling-party leader, Damodar Rout today. “A few years back there was a clash between police personnel and villagers at Maikanch village under Kashipur […]

Missing Ratna Bhandar keys: Srimandir admin assures treasure chest in safe hands

Puri: Hours after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ordered a judicial probe into the missing of Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar keys, the temple administration on Monday accepted that the keys are missing and clarified that treasure trove of the 12th-century shrine is intact. Issuing a clarification through a press release, Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) stated the […]

Missing Ratna Bhandar keys: Outfits turn heat on Law Minister Pratap Jena

Demanding resignation of Law Minister Pratap Jena and seeking a probe into the mystery surrounding the keys of Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar, different outfits on Sunday staged a demonstration in front of the Singhdwara (Lions gate) of the 12th century shrine. Holding placards and raising slogans against the district administration and the Law Minister, members […]

Probe sought into missing Srimandir Ratna Bhandar keys

Puri: A day after OTV reported that it has evidence which indicates that the key of the inner chamber of Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar is missing, concerns were raised today by various quarters seeking a CBI probe into the whole fiasco. Questions are now being raised on the inspection of the Ratna Bhandar that was […]

‘Srimandir Ratna Bhandar keys missing’

Puri: Amid speculations, OTV has come across some evidence which indicates that the keys of the inner chamber of Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar have gone missing. A copy (in possession of OTV) of the minutes of the temple management committee meeting held soon after the inspection of Ratna Bhandar (the treasure trove of Lord Jagannath) […]

Puri Srimandir's Ratna Bhandar key lost?

Puri: In a major revelation, Puri Collector Aravind Agarwal on Thursday said that the key of the inner chamber of Srimandir’s treasure trove – Ratna Bhandar is not in the district treasury. “We have verified that no key was deposited in district treasury by the temple administration. We had taken along with us five keys […]

Puri Srimandir Ratna Bhandar inspection concludes

Puri: The inspection of Puri Srimandir’s treasure trove Ratna Bhandar concluded with the team finding cracks in the roof of the outer Bhandar. Conducted amid tight security, the 16-member team, including the Chief Administrator and Rituals Administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), inspected the two outer Bhandars while the inner Bhandar could not be […]

Ratna Bhandar to be opened for inspection on April 4: SJTA Chief

Puri: Ratna Bhandar of Puri Srimandir will be opened for inspection on April 4, informed Chief Administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Pradeep Jena today. “It has been decided that on April 4, Wednesday, after the second Bhoga Mandap, the Ratna Bhandar will be opened for inspection of its ceiling and walls. The procedures […]

10-member team to inspect Ratna Bhandar

Bhubaneswar: A total of 10 members including five authorised persons from Puri Srimandir will inspect the temple’s Ratna Bhandar. A decision in this regard was taken at the Chhatisa Nijog meeting on Thursday. The ten-member team will include five persons authorised by the temple under its Satwalipi (record of rights) comprising a representative of Puri […]