Bhubaneswar, Nov 6 (LocalWire): Lord Jagannath temple in Puri is endowed with ownership of mines and quarries besides huge immovable assets in the form of landed property spread across the country.
The ‘affluent’ status of the Lord has come to light in the wake of a report furnished by amicus curiae, appointed by the Supreme Court to assist it in the matter related to administration of Jagannath temple in Puri.
‘There are several quarries and mines of the 12th century temple, which are in operation without payment.
Let the list of quarries and mines be produced in the court with the income generated/outstanding dues with names with other details,’ the Apex court taking note of amicus curiae report, ordered in a recent ruling.
The medieval temple also owns 60,418 acres of landed property in and outside the state and is in possession of record of rights over 34200.976 acres’ patches of landed property.
The court directed the state government to prepare an inventory of landed properties ordered for submission of details besides the utilization of the same and amount of income the temple is generating from them.
The court further ordered for preparation of the remaining (34200.976 acres) record of rights within 6 months and its submission before the court.