Bhubaneswar, Sept 26 (LocalWire): The pinnacle (Dadhinauti) of the 11th century Lord Lingaraj temple here has developed cracks and the idols ensconced in the temple compound are in bad shape.
The famous Shaivite shrine in the city is looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India which has failed in conserving the medieval era structure.
The Commissioner of Endowments (a senior officer of Odisha superior judicial service) shot off a petition to the Director General ASI alleging lapses and negligence on part of ASI’s Orissa circle.
‘The pinnacle of the main temple has developed cracks.
Those who tie flags atop it drew the attention of ASI personnel. The cracks of the Dadhinauti (pinnacle) of the main temple requires immediate repair,’ the commissioner’s letter to the ASI chief yesterday read.
The ancient temple ought to be accorded highest protection as it comes under the protected site category under Section 3 of ancient monuments archeological sites and remains Act 1958. However, its conservation by Orissa wing of ASI is not in the right direction, the petition maintained.
‘ASI officials seldom consult the commissioner of endowments, the temple trust before undertaking conservation work. ASI had made a topographical survey of the temple, but it was not provided to the trust board.
It seems ASI does not have updated and approved conservation and restoration policy to address the issues of the ancient temple,’ a strongly-worded official letter iterated.
The ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2010, states that no building is allowed in the prohibited 100 metre-notified limits of the protected monument.
However, the area remains encroached upon. The ASI needs to initiate steps for eviction with joint coordination of the state government, it noted.