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ASI expert team inspects cracks in Jagmohan of Jagannath temple

Posted on Dec 22, 11:49AM | UNI

A team of experts from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) led by superintendent A K Patel today inspected the the 'Kalash and Chakra' of the Jagamohan of the 12th century Jagannath temple follwoing detection of deep cracks in teh structure with the Chakra tilting to one side.

The cracks were noticed during the ongoing deplastering work on the Jagamohan. The expert team along with the members of the statutory repairs committee also climbed up the main temple and examined the Kalash and the Neelachakra(wheel), Temple Public Relation officer L D Pujapanda said.

ASI superintendent A K Patel told the media that the cracks were there and came to light only after deplastering of the Kalash. The ASI, he said, would deplaster the Kalash of the main temple to examine the inner status of the Kalash.

During the deplastering of the main temple it was left out as the then experts found it was in good condition, Mr Patel said adding the time has come to inspect it after deplastering.

The situation would be discussed in the statutory temple repairs body and then the repairing work would be taken up, Mr Patel said. Noted sculptor R N Mahapatra and many others besides temple officials were present during the inspection of the temple.