Bhubaneswar: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will install statues of Jaya-Vijay at the ‘Singhadwar’ of Jagannath temple in Puri on June 16 and take up the repair work during the annual Rath Jatra starting from July 4. Of the pair of statues of Jaya-Vijay, the idol of Jaya was damaged during cyclone ‘Fani’ that made landfall near Puri on May 3.
“We have only 11 days for repair during Rath Yatra between July 4 and July 15. We have made a list of the repair works that needs to be carried out. The ASI will install two statues at the Singhadwar on June 16, a day before the Snan Purnima,” said Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Chief Administrator P K Mohapatra.
He said the ASI team will inspect the sanctum sanctorum of the main temple on July 5 and 6. “We will try our best that the ASI team finishes the work and leaves the temple premises by July 14th evening. Target is to complete the work by July 15th on ‘Niladri Bije’,” he added.