ASI begins laser scan of Jagannath Temple Ratna Bhandar
Puri, Nov 28: A team of seven Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) members has commenced the laser scanning of Ratna Bhandar, the treasury trove of Jagannath Temple in Odisha's pilgrim town. The objective is to assess its structural stability.
Under the guidance of Debashish Gadnayak, the Superintending Archaeologist of ASI, Puri Circle, the laser scanning will cover the outer wall and the northern wall of Ratna Bhandar, the point where it connects with the main temple.
The meticulous scanning process involves using a 3D laser scanner to examine each stone of Ratna Bhandar, a later addition to the 12th-century shrine. This detailed examination aims to identify every minute crack and damage, with the findings documented for further analysis.
Following the laser scanning, ASI will submit an assessment report to the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA). This report will undergo review by a technical expert team, which will then determine the course of action for potential repair works on Ratna Bhandar.
It is noteworthy that the ASI had previously sought permission from SJTA in 2018 and 2022 to examine and conserve Ratna Bhandar.
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