BHUBANESWAR: How rich is Lord Jagannath’s Puri temple? What could be the value of the diamonds, gold and silver belonging to the deities of Jagannath temple? The question has continued to remain a mystery for the last 45 years as an inventory of the gems and jewelleries stashed in the temple’s
) was last made in 1978.
was filed in the Orissa HC on June 30, seeking to reopen the
Bhandar for inventory, the HC Wednesday served a notice to the state-owned
Shree Jagannath Temple Administration
to file an affidavit. “We will go through the notice and respond,” SJTA’s chief administrator
Ranjan Kumar Das
While the Jagannath Temple Act 1955 says the Ratna Bhandar should be inventoried every three years, this has not been implemented. The treasury’s items were checked once in 1926 in 1978. Valuation of the jewelleries of the 1978 inventory was not made. In 2018, the state had attempted to reopen the Ratna Bhandar for a physical inspection of the structure. But it could not be completed as officials failed to open the inner chamber due to unavailability of the keys.