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SJTA seeks “written permission” from ASI to allow devotees to Jagamohan

Bhubaneswar, July 16: Even as the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) claiming that the Jagamohan, a hall facing the sanctum sanctorum of the Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri, is safe after necessary repair recently, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) sought a promise in the form of “written permission” from the custodian of the 12th century shrine in an apparent bid to avoid any trouble in future.

While ASI (Monument) Superintendent AK Patel said that necessary repair has been made to the Jagamohan and there was no threat to the Jagamohan now SJTA Chief Administrator Suresh Chandra Mohapatra told reporters that they would prefer for a written permission from the ASI to allow devotees to the Jagamohan to have a close glimpse of the deities as the structure was safe after proper repair by the former.

“Necessary repair has been done to the Jagamohan. The repair works of crack on the beams and pillars have been completed. There is no immediate threat to it now,” said Patel, adding that it is upto the temple administration whether to allow devotees to the Jagamohan or not. 

Meanwhile, SJTA Chief Administrator Mohapatra said they (ASI) must assure us that the Jagamohan is safe and give us a “written permission”.

“Many major repairs are yet to be done. Necessary repair of the pockets of the Jagamohan have not conducted. However, let them (ASI) assure us that the structure is safe and give us permission in writing to allow devotees to the Jagamohan. After that we will decide whether to allow devotees to the Jagamohan or not from the safety point of view,” said Mohapatra.  

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