Changes in Odisha Government’s Beautification Plan Around Jagannath Temple, seeks ASI
Recently, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has asked the Odisha government to bring changes in the beautification plan of the Jagannath temple.
- Under this, the ASI has asked the Odisha government to make changes in its ‘Shri Mandir Parikrama Project (SMPP)’.
- It is a comprehensive project to beautify around the 12th century Jagannath Temple at Puri. According to the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act, any new construction work is prohibited within 100 meters of the temple.
- The works of beautification are also proposed in the restricted area of the temple.
Jagannath temple in Puri
- It was built by King Anantavarman Chodaganga Dev of the Ganga dynasty.
- Lord Jagannath, Goddess Subhadra and their elder brother Balabhadra (Holy Trinity) are worshiped in Puri.
- The main temple is built in the Kalinga architectural style.
- It is one of the Char Dham pilgrimages of India. The Char Dhams include – Puri, Dwarka, Badrinath and Rameshwaram.
Major festivals celebrated here: Snan Yatra, Netrotsava, Rath Yatra, Shayan Ekadashi etc.
Source- The Hindu