Bhubaneswar, August 31 (LocalWire) The Odisha chapter of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has sought for the conservation of heritage structures including monasteries and temples in the pilgrim town of Puri.
In a memorandum to the chief minister, INTACH office-bearers on Saturday said ‘these old religious places bear sacred significance and are an integral part of the Jagannath culture.
The Mutts of Puri, unlike those in the rest of the country, have a symbiotic relationship with the temple, the deities and have important roles to play in the daily ceremonies and yearly rituals including the world-famous Rath Yatra.
The government’s initiative being undertaken for the safety and security of the temple and its periphery is definitely a positive step towards right direction.
Mutts close to 12th century Jagannath temples have been bulldozed for safety and security point of view.
However several monasteries located in other places of Puri are wallowing in neglect.
The government needs to take steps for its conservation.
The pilgrim town was once home to 300 monasteries.
With the passage of time, only 78 monasteries are in a functional state with the rest lying in dilapidated and abandoned.
These monuments are the heritage of the golden period of Odishan history. The Mutts are the witness of our past glory and grandeur.
They are the proven records of antiquity, but have fallen victims to the neglect of the owners, caretakers, rendering them unsafe.’ the memorandum stated.