26 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: The ‘Bhitar Ratna Bhandar’ (Inner Treasury) of the Ratna Bhandar of Sri Jagannath Temple at Puri had 149.69 kg of gold, 219.39 kg of silver a little more than 34 years back when it was last opened.
This was informed by Law Minister Pratap Jena in the State Assembly on Tuesday in a written reply to a question from Congress member Suresh Kumar Routray.
According to the Minister, the Bhitar Ratna Bhandar of Sri Jagannath Mahaprabhu was last opened on July 14, 1985, it had 454 pieces of gold ornaments (with precious stones) and other articles weighing 12,838 'bhari' and 1.75 'annas'(One bhari equals to 11.66 grams and 16 annas is equal to one bhari) and 236 pieces of silver ornaments (with precious stones) and other articles weighing 18,815 'bhari' and 6 annas.
However, out of the aforementioned ornaments/articles since eight gold idols, six silver utensils/idols could not be weighed for different reasons and weight of these items were not assessed and is not included in the aforementioned weight of items.
The Minister has said that there is no proposal to open the Ratna Bhandar and inspect the valuables.
The Minister further said that the gold, silver articles, etc. as per the inventory prepared between May 13, 1978, and July 23, 1978, are safe.