Sri Jagannath temple servitors urge Puri king to accompany inspectors’ team to ‘Ratna Bhandar’

Puri: The Sri Jagannath Sevayat Sammilani, the servitors’ body of 12th century Jagannath temple of Puri, today disapproved the move of Puri Gajapati Maharaj Divya Singh Dev who has planned to send his representative to Ratna Bhandar (treasury of Jagannath temple) along with the 10-member team of inspectors.

The sevayat sammilani has urged to the king to accompany the team to the treasury and not send any representative to the hidden chamber of the deities.

Gajapati Maharaj is one among the 10 members who have been selected by the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) to inspect the structural stability of the treasury.

The team which include the Gajapati Maharaja and two officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) among others is scheduled to inspect the treasure trove on Wednesday.

They will enter the chamber only by wearing ‘gamuchha’ and will not touch any valuables inside the chamber. All the members will be frisked during entry and exit, SJTA chief Pradeep Jena said.

Earlier, the SJTA had planned to videograph the activities, but later dropped the plan after Chhattisa Nijog, the apex body of servitors, opposed the move.

The Orissa High Court on March 22 had ordered the ASI to inspect the structural condition of the treasury.

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