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Govt Moves To Maintain Structural Stability Of ‘Ratna BHandar’

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has accorded conditional clearance for the opening up of the ‘Ratna Bhandar’ (treasure house) of 12 century Jagannath temple in Puri for restoration of its structural stability.

The government clearance has come in the wake of Orissa High Court’s directions asking the government to complete the inspection of the ratna bhandar following reports of seepage in its walls.

The inspection of ratna bhandar would take place for its structural stability in accordance with high court’s directives.

The temple administration would chalk out a standard operating procedure for gaining entry into highly prohibited treasure house of Lord Jagannath. The administration will seek the approval of the Chhattisha Niyog, the confederation of 36 servitors associations. A meeting in this regard is being held today for finalization of procedural norms, said officials.

Invaluable gold jewellery, gems, pearls and rare diamonds apart from silver and other decorative items of the temple’s three presiding deities – Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra – are reported to have been treasured in the ratna bhandar. All these treasures have poured in from various parts of the country as tokens of reverence to Lord Jagannath.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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