06 July 2019
Puri: As the annual Rath Yatra (car festival) of Lord Jagannath and His Siblings is underway and since the deities are away at Mausi Maa Mandir (Gundicha temple) from the Sri Mandir here for nine days, a high level technical team of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) today began its inspection of the empty ‘Garbha Gruha’ (sanctum sanctorum).
It was complained that water was seeping from the roof-top of the sanctum sanctorum which is the holy abode of Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra, Lord Sudarshan and Lord Jagannath.
Taking the apt opportunity of Rath Yatra during which the deities stay away from the ‘Garbha Gruha’ in their annual sojourn, the team began its inspection and would accordingly suggest for the requisite repair and refurbishing work.
World-Renowned Sri Mandir (Jagannath Temple) is the 12th-century shrine and the ASI has been entrusted with the responsibility of safe maintenance.
The high-level team comprises officials of ASI Technical Core Committee and Roorkee-based Central Building Research Institute (CBRI).