Srimandir Nata Mandap cracks haven’t widened

by Dikhyaa Mohanty

During an assessment of the Puri Jagannath temple’s Nata Mandap, a scientific team from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) under the direction of its Additional DG (Conservation) Janhwij Sharma evaluated the current state of the fractures on its beams. Arun Mallick, superintendent of ASI Odisha, and amicus curiae NK Mohanty were present during the inspection. Professor Arun Menon of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai, was also with them. The team carefully examined the cracks that have appeared on the upper beams of Garuda Stambha in addition to the Nata Mandap crack.

Mallick reported that the fissures had not become wider following the inspection. However, as part of the heritage structures’ protection, restoration work will shortly begin. “We extensively investigated the Nata Mandap’s current state in front of all key officials and specialists. The crack is still in the same condition as it was four years ago. The ASI superintendent promised that all repairs would be finished in the allotted time, and he added that the temple administration would be consulted as needed based on the most recent status report.

Earlier on September 17, amicus curiae NK Mohanty had inspected the status of Nata Mandap following the orders of Orissa High Court. Mohanty had stated that the repair work is expected to complete by March 2023.


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