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 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.