Justice Pradipta Mohanty and Justice Indrajit Mohanty visiting the Chhauni Matha
Justice Pradipta Mohanty and Justice Indrajit Mohanty visiting the Chhauni Matha
Cuttack: Two judges of Odisha High Court on Tuesday visited the Chauni Matha and the Bada Chatta Matha near the Shri Jagannath Temple in Puri to ascertain as to whether there has been any threat to Lions Gate (Singhadwara) of the 12th century shrine.

Justice Pradipta Mohanty and Justice Indrajit Mohanty, who are adjudicating over a petition in this regard, visited the temple in the afternoon.

Justice Pradipta Mohanty and Justice Indrajit Mohanty outside the Bada Chhatra Matha
Justice Pradipta Mohanty and Justice Indrajit Mohanty outside the Bada Chhatra Matha
The court on March 6 had directed the State Government to conduct an inquiry regarding the threat to the Lion’s gate from the two Maths close to the temple. The Puri district administration had sought the court’s permission to demolish the Maths as the shrine’s entrance is believed to have come under structural pressure from them.

Accordingly an expert committee, headed by State Endowment Commissioner had visited the temple to study the temple on March 10. The committee submitted its report to the High Court on Tuesday morning and immediately after that, the judges decided that they should visit the place before deciding the case.

It is noteworthy to mention that District Collector had earlier in his report said that, the gate of the shrine needs immediate repair for there is a possible threat to the devotees visiting the temple. The Collector had also mentioned that the boundary wall (Meghanad Pacheri) has also become unsafe due to pressure from the nearby Bada Chhata Matha building.