ASI superintendent DB Garnaik said, “The conservation work of the Srimandir Nata Mandap has already been started. Many components of its conservation work like roof-tightening and leak plugging have been completed. The only work left is the repair of the cracked beam.”
The repair work of the Nata Mandap will start on February 23 and will continue till March 19. A decision in this regard was taken at the Chhatisa Nijog meeting held on Tuesday.
While the video fetched a huge number of likes and views on the youth’s social media handle, a complaint has been filed at Singhadwar Police Station in this regard.
Speaking to the media, ASI superintendent (Puri Circle), DB Garnayak said that the crack was an outcome of cabling and pipeline laid on the structure. “The crack has been inspected and the crack-ridden part will be replaced with a new stone structure in two or four days. Its design has been made,” he informed.
Saroj Mohanty, a resident of Kendrapara said, “Crores of Odias who love Lord Jagannath are hurt by daily rituals of Srimandir getting affected often. Why is this happening again and again? The matter should be investigated. Those responsible for this should be punished."
A 12-member team left from Koraput Jagannath Temple, also known as Shabara Srikshetra with one quintal of Kalajeera Rice on Friday.
Srimandir in Puri will remain out of bounds for devotees for three hours for the ‘Banakalagi ritual’ on Wednesday.
The state government’s programme of bringing devotees from different parts of the state to Puri to give them an opportunity to see the Parikrama project courted controversy from the first day itself.
The HC has directed the government to submit the status report on the issue in two or three days through an affidavit. The next hearing of the case will be held after two weeks.
During a special interview with OTV, the Puri King said that the outer infrastructure development of Srimadir is for smooth movement of devotees and easing the rush, but it has become essential to streamline the arrangements for devotees inside the Srimandir, particularly in Jagamohan and Natamandap.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday released a video message wherein he appealed to people to light lamps, blow conches, beat gongs, sing devotional songs and chant Lord Jagannath’s name on January 17.
A security blanket has been thrown in and around the pilgrim city of Puri for the inauguration ceremony of Srimandir Parikrama Prakalpa on January 17.
Special ‘Makar Chaula’ is prepared on this day which is offered to the presiding deities first and then eaten by all in the family. People wear new dresses and bow down to their elderlies seeking blessings.
Ahead of the inauguration of the ‘Srimandir Parikrama Prakalpa’ (Srimandir Heritage Corridor Project) in Puri, Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb on Friday performed the ‘Acharyabaran Niti’ in his palace.
While the Odisha government is gearing up for the inauguration of the Srimandir Heritage Corridor Project (Srimandir Parikrama Prakalpa) on January 17, a PIL has been filed in the Orissa High Court raising concerns over the possibility of a huge gathering in the pilgrim city on that day.