Jaya-Vijay Statues Re-Installed At Singhadwar Of Puri Srimandir

Puri: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) reinstalled statues of Jaya and Vijay at the Lion’s Gate (Singhadwar) of Srimandir here late on Sunday night- hours before the commencement of Snana Purnima (bathing rituals) of the holy trinity today.

The idol of Jaya was damaged during the cyclonic storm Fani, which ravaged coastal Odisha on May 3.

After installing the Jaya-Vijaya statues, the ASI will start the repair work of other parts of Srimandir from the day of Ratha Yatra on July 4.

Noteworthy, the repair work of Garbha Griha (sanctum sanctorum), Nata Mandap, Rosa Ghara (temple kitchen) and Jagmohan inside the temple will be carried out between July 4 and July 14.

Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Chief Pradipta Mohapatra informed that an ASI team will inspect the Garbha Griha of the Srimandir on July 5 and 6, on the basis of the complaint by servitors that cracks have appeared on the roof.

Mahapatra added that the ASI has been asked to complete the repair work by the evening on July 14. He also informed that the ASI will conduct a chemical analysis of the Neelachakra atop the temple to ascertain its durability. Besides, steps will be taken to strengthen its base.

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