Devotee donates four-kilogram gold, three-kilogram silver to Jagannath Puri Temple
(Sourced from PTI)
A devotee of Lord Jagannath has donated over four-kilogram gold and three-kilogram silver jewelry for the trinity - Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra, and Lord Jagannath, on the occasion of Shree Panchami, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) said. The SJTA Chief Administrator Krishan Kumar said that the devotee has requested not to reveal his identity as he does not want publicity for donation.
Earlier, a devotee from Bhubaneswar donated Surjya (Sun) and Chandra (Moon) ornaments to the deities of the Srimandir. On January 10, a devotee donated gold ornaments weighing over 300 grams to the deities. Earlier, another devotee had pledged to donate 21 kilograms of silver ornaments.
A representative of the devotee met Kumar and handed over the precious ornaments at the temple office in presence of some management committee members and other officials on Tuesday. "The ornaments are made up of 4.858 kg of gold and 3.867 kg of silver," the sources said, adding that the ornaments specially designed for the trinity will be used on special pujas.
The gold jewelry included Jhoba (middle part of the idol), Srimukha (face), and Padma (lotus) for three deities of the 12th-century shrine. A total of 40 Shree Mukha Padma and two Jhoba ornaments were donated for Lord Balabhadra, while 53 Shree Mukha Padma and two Jhoba for Lord Jagannatha and two Tadaki and two Jhoba for Devi Subhadra were donated to the temple.
After receipt of the ornaments, they were kept at the temple office's treasury amid tight security. The temple administration will hand over the jewelry to the Bhandara Mekapa (temple treasurer) on Wednesday.