Friday, September 26, 2008

Shrine on fast completion mode

Shrine on fast completion mode
As the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik showing keen interest for the completion of the oldest shrine of the South Orissa, The Taratarini Temple, money is pouring in to the kitty of Taratarini Development Board (TTDB).
People of Ganjam district is contributing hugely and the largest chunk of money amounting Rs.16 lakh have been received only from Hinjili and Rs.8 lakh from Purusottampur block. Till date Rs.1.35 crore has already been spent for erection of the temple.
So Ajit Kumar Tripathy, the Chief Secretary was visibly happy at the fast pace of completion, while he reviewed the progress on 11 April inside the temple premises.
Construction of Sandstone built Rekha Style temple with an elevation of about 55 ft. above the hilltop has made good progress, thanks to the initiative of Satyabrat Sahu.
Mr.Sahu is the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) and the Chairman of the Taratarini Development Board (TTDB).
The most modern temple is being built in accordance to ancient Orissan temple architecture replacing the old temple.
The TTDB has entrusted noted sculptor, Padma Bhusan Raghunath Mohapatra to construct this modern temple in ancient architectural form.
The Sri Jagannath temple of Puri and Sri Lingaraj temple of Bhubaneswar are examples of this traditional temple architecture of Orissa.
Though the construction of the temple started in 2003, it picked up after Mr.Sahu took over as RDC and Chief of TTDB.
More tha 40 sculptors and artisans led by Mr. Mohapatra are involved in the construction of this temple.
The walls and other portions of the temple bear intricate carving on the stone. The temple is made in such a fashion that itcan be viewed from all places around.
Construction of a Mukteswar style Arch Gate in front of the temple has added luster to the temple. Once the main temple construction is completed than the entire area will be developed along with better facilities for the visiting devotees.

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