BJD general secretary Sanjay Das Burma said that a conspiracy has been hatched to usurp Odisha’s wealth, its rich mineral resources and the Ratna Bhandar - Lord Jagannath temple's treasure trove.
At the meeting, Padma Shri recipient renowned sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik wished to know the present status of the Ratna Bhandar, its repair work and reopening. But his proposal was technically sidelined, saying the matter was not in the agenda.
Senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra said, “It is mandatory for the government to open Ratna Bhandara and repair it after ASI issued letter to the government."
During the last inspection it was found that there was over 1280 kg gold jewellery in the treasure house. If Ratna Bhandar could be opened in 1980s, what is stopping the BJD government to open it now, the BJP leader questioned.
A decision regarding the reopening of Ratna Bhandar will be taken in a meeting which is scheduled to be held on September 27.
Notably on August 8, the ASI had written to SJTA Chief Administrator about its plans to inspect the treasure trove of Lord Jagannath.
Earlier on July 6, Puri king Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb expressed his desire to see the Ratna Bhandar to be opened as soon as possible. He also raised demands for early repair of the Ratna Bhandar as its condition is not good.
The state government had formed 24 Commissions in the last 21 years for different issues.
In an exclusive interview to OTV, the first servitor of Lord Jagannath at Srimandir expressed his desire to see the Ratna Bhandar to be opened as soon as possible.
The much-debated Ratna Bhandar of Srimandir which houses the treasury of Lord Jagannath is in a real bad shape and the Odisha government should take immediate steps to perform an inventory and restore it to its former glory, said Puri King Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb on Tuesday.
Shree Jagannath Sena’s national convenor Priyadarshan Pattnaik said he witnessed the loot of the precious items from Ratna Bhandar at around 1.30 am on the night of February 14, 2009.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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: 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: 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Bhubaneswar/Puri: The Law department of the Odisha government today gave its nod to Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) to open Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar, the chamber containing Lord Jagannath’s treasure trove, for inspection. The SJTA informed that the government, in response to their earlier request, granted permission to open the Ratna Bhandar for inspection for […]
Puri: The inspection of Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar, the chamber containing Lord Jagannath’s treasure trove, will be done after seeking opinion of Chhatisa Nijog and permission of State government, informed chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Pradeep Jena after a meeting of the Ratna Bhandar Sub-Committee on Monday. As per the instruction of […]
Bhubaneswar: Amid uncertainty prevailing over the opening of Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar, the chamber containing Lord Jagannath’s treasure trove, a five-member team of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) inspected it from outside today. The officials reviewed the structure of the chamber from Jagamohan and Navikata Mandap sides. Following inspection, ASI team member Himadri Bihari […]
Bhubaneswar: While the Orissa High Court has allowed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to carry out an inspection of Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar, the chamber containing Lord Jagannath’s treasure trove, on March 26 and 27, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has sought permission from the state government to go ahead with such inspection. “The […]
Puri: Narasingha Pujapanda, a servitor of Puri Srimandir, today threatened to immolate himself if the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials attempt to enter the ‘Ratna Bhandar’ of the temple on March 26. “If there is a crack the Ratna Bhandar should be opened in presence of everyone. I have decided that if they enter […]
Puri: The Orissa High Court on Thursday directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to inspect the structural condition Puri Srimandir’s Ratna Bhandar. Asking the survey agency to file its findings through an affidavit, the court directed the ASI officials to carry out an detail study of the structural status of the Ratna Bhandar where […]
Puri: The treasure trove of Lord Jagannath, the ‘Ratna Bhandar’ inside the Puri Srimandir will be opened after a gap of nearly 34 years. All the precious gold and silver ornaments of the three sibling deities of Puri Srimandir are stashed inside ‘Ratna Bhandar’. The decision to open the ‘Ratna Bhandar’ was taken at the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]