Bhubaneswar: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will undertake the repair of ‘Baisi Pahacha’ (the flight of 22 steps leading into the temple complex from the Simha Dwara-the main entrance) of the 12th century Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri.
The decision for undertaking the repair was taken following the visit of a team from the ASI to the temple, sources said.
The ASI team conducted a thorough inspection of the age-old stones used in the flight of steps and took detailed measurements of the same, the sources added.
Sources revealed that the ASI team during inspection detected some stones to have worn-out due to wear and tear leading to seepage of water which could cause damage to the structure.
The ASI has decided to replace the worn-out stones with new ones and undertake grouting with chemicals to fill the gaps between the stones to prevent seepage of water after discussing the matter with Chhatisa Nijog and its Nayak as is the practice, the sources added.
The ASI team also inspected the sanctum sanctorum of the Mahalaxmi and Bimala temples wherein priests had complained of water seepage.
Worth mentioning, the ASI had undertaken repair of the steps at the Uttara and Paschim Dwaras (North and West facing entrances to the temple complex) and replaced damaged and worn-out stones.