Bhubaneswar, Oct 29 (LocalWire): BJP leader and the leader of Opposition in Odisha Legislative Assembly, Pradipta Kumar Nayak, today called upon Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to order a fresh inventory for ornaments stored at the Ratna Bhandara or treasury of the Puri Jagannath temple.
‘I request you (Patnaik) to conduct an audit immediately and reassure that our Lord’s wealth is safe.
The Ratna Bhandr should be opened immediately and the list of jewelleries should be matched with the inventory prepared in 1978 and this should be the top priority of the state government.
If there is any discrepancy with the inventory of 1978, necessary steps should be taken,’ Nayak wrote in a letter to Chief Minister.
‘The series of events (from missing of keys to finding of keys) occurred last year has left a deep sense of suspicion in the minds of 4.5 crore Odias and crores of Jagannath devotees staying outside worldwide.
People are concerned about the safety of Lord Jagannath’s Ratna Bhandar.
Though 15 months have already passed since missing of keys was noticed, the state government has not taken any step for safety of highly valuable ornaments of the Ratna Bandar,’ Nayak stated in the letter.
It’s pertinent to note here that the Naveen Patnaik government had ordered a judicial inquiry into the non-availability of keys to the Ratna Bhandar of the 12th century Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri, on 5 June 2018.
Odisha government had earlier accorded conditional clearance for opening up of the ‘Ratna Bhandar’ of 12th century Jagannath temple in Puri for the restoration of its structural stability, in line with the High Court order.
A 16-member team made its way to the ‘Ratna Bhandar’ on 4 April 2018 for the physical scrutiny of the treasury.
Ratna Bhandar is the treasure-trove of priceless gold jewellery, gems, pearls and rare diamonds apart from silver and other decorative items of the temple’s three presiding deities – Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra.
These ornaments donated by millions of devotees of Lord Jagannath are being treasured at the Ratna Bhadara over the years for its safe upkeep.