ASI, IIT team concluded inspection, detected Cracks in Srimandir Nata Mandap

Puri: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), IIT Kharagpur and Chennai team detected cracks in the c Nata Mandap in Puri Jagannath temple. ASI, IIT Kharagpur and Chennai which concluded its three-day inspection of water leakage problems in Puri Jagannath temple, today detected cracks in the column capital of Nata Mandap.

ASI technical core committee member AK Patel said, “Out of total four central column capital of Nata Mandap, cracks were detected in two.” Besides, water seepage from the ceiling was also detected in the Nata Mandap, he added.

Patel further informed that the experts’ team is exploring alternatives to carry out the repair work of Nata Mandap to curb water leakage. During the team’s three-day inspection, the officials also reviewed the condition of Jay Vijay Dwar, Garuda Stambha and other structures on the 12th century shrine.

The ASI will take necessary action based on the report submitted by the team for the preservation of structure after discussing with the temple servitors and administration.

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