Orissa HC Asks ASI To Inspect 2 Other Key Temples Of Puri

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Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today asked the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to inspect the Maushima Temple and the Gundicha Temple in Puri for any structural defects in these two shrines.

A division bench comprising of Chief Justice Vinet Saran and Justice B R Sarangi gave this direction.

The ASI has been asked to submit a report in the court by July 30 detailing if the shrines required any repair works.

The court also asked the ASI to repair the cracks identified in the Jay Vijay Dwar of the Jagannath Temple during the Rath Jatra as the deities will be out of the shrines during these days for a nine-day visit to Gundicha Temple.

The Rath Jatra would begin from July 14 and conclude on July 25 with Neeladri Bije.

The ASI today submitted a status report in the court giving the details of the repair works that have been undertaken to repair the small temples in the Jagannath temple complex.

The high court in April this year had asked the ASI to inspect the small temples, including the Mukti Mandap.

The Orissa High Court is monitoring the works undertaken by the ASI in repairing the Jagannath Temple while adjudicating over a PIL filed in this connection.

The PIL had alleged that the ASI was neglecting in protection and preservation of the 800-year-old temple at Puri despite cracks that had appeared at many places.

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