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Sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra begins beautification of Srimandir Jagamohan

Puri, Oct 27: Noted Odia architect Padma Vibhushan Raghunath Mohapatra has started beautification of the stainless steel frame installed for the purpose of Jagamohan of Jagannath temple in Puri.

According to information, The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has entered into an agreement with architect Raghunath in this regard recently. SJTA sources said Mohapatra will complete the beautification work at Jagamohan within 75 days. The eminent architect and sculptor will undertake the task free of cost. 'Mohapatra will clad the stainless steel frames at Jagamohan with stone-made artistic pieces as per a design prepared by the SJTA,' said a Srimandir source. 

Jagamohan, the hall facing the Sanctum Sanctorum of the ancient temple which was in a dilapidated condition due to cracks in pockets and pillars is being renovated by repair works undertaken by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Public Works Department (PWD) of state.
  
However, installation of steel frames has affected the beauty of the 12th century structure. As a result, the SJTA, in consultation with experts, decided to wrap the steel frames with stone-made decorative pieces. The temple administration had invited tenders from private parties to carry out the renovation work. The project cost was estimated to be around Rs 14 lakh.

Sources said altogether five entities, including Mohaptra, had submitted their tenders for the Jagamohan beautification work. A private company, Dillip Construction, was eventually selected through the bidding process to clad the steel frames with stone-made ornamental works.

Mohapatra, who was not selected in the tender process, had written to the temple administration expressing his desire to carry out the stone cladding work at Jagamohan free of cost.

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