ASI to inspect sanctum sanctorum of Srimandir on July 16


Bhubaneswar: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will thoroughly inspect the sanctum sanctorum (garva gruha) of Jagannath temple in Puri on July 16, a day after the commencement of the world famous annual Rath Yatra on July 14.

A team comprising of members of ASI core committee and expert committee along with experts from New Delhi will conduct the inspection.

The team will check the walls, ceiling/roof, karbel and steel cross of the three floors – ground floor, first floor and second floor of the sanctum sanctorum. Besides, the air ventilation system inside the sanctum sanctorum will thoroughly be checked, revealed a source.

The ASI has also planned to examine the status of Jagmohan of Srimandir going through a thorough inspection of the steel frames and portal frames.

The technical team will examine the status of temple Nata Mandap (entertainment hall), and Garuda Pillar. The plaster and roof of the inner part of Natya Mandap will be inspected. In addition, repair work of the beam in front of Garuda pillar will be carried out during the routine inspection.

The ASI sources said the repair work of Jay Vijay Dwar, the meeting point of Jagmohan and Natya Mandap, will be completed soon.

Usually, the ASI authorities get a chance to review the sanctum sanctorum once in a year when the trinity go on chariot ride.

The servitors of Srimandir have welcomed the inspection plan of the ASI authorities.

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