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
“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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