India (ASI) will undertake laser scanning of some important
parts of Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri during the 9-day Ratha
Jatra festival when the deities will not be in the temple.
This was revealed by Shree Jagannath Temple
Administration (SJTA) chief administrator Krishan Kumar on
Kumar said the ASI, which looks after the
conservation and preservation of the 12th-century shrine in
Puri, had requested the temple administration for a laser
scanning of the temple.
"After discussing with stakeholders, it was decided to
allow the ASI to conduct laser scanning at Nata Mandap,
Jagamohan and other parts of the temple, except the Garba
Gruha (sanctum sanctorum)", he said.
Replying to a question, Kumar said the decision in
regard to Garbha Gruha will be taken after analysing the
benefits of the laser scanning. He said a committee of
servitors has been formed in presence of whom the laser
scanning at the temple will be done.
On silver-plating of the temple doors, Kumar said the
work will be done at eight dwaras (doors) with help of a
donor. The temple administration is not in a hurry to finish
the work as no time limit has been fixed for the same.
The sliver required for the silver-plating of the
temple doors were donated by a Mumbai-based devotee of Lord
Jagannatha. The silver packets reached the SJTA office on
Friday, sources said.
A team of ASI had earlier visited the shrine and
observed that laser scanning is required to ascertain the
condition of structures in the ancient temple.
"As other people are not allowed entry into certain
parts of the temple in normal days, we want to complete the
laser scanning when the deities are out of the temple for
nine-day Ratha Jatra," ASI''s Superintendent Archaeologist Arun
Mallick said. PTI AAM