Kendrapara (Odisha): Despite the Odisha
Archaeology department having deputed an experts’ team to
inspect the temple, the 300-year-old Baldevjew temple dating
back to the reign of `Marahattas` is facing decay, the temple
"The temple has become a monument of neglect. Safety
of servitors, priests and thousands of devotees visiting daily
is at stake. The state archaeology department had deputed an
experts’ team to inspect the temple towards the later part of
2010 year. But nothing has come of it as yet," Nrusingha
Charan Patri, a servitor, said.
About a year-and-a-half, the summit structure (‘dadhi
nauti’) of the medieval place of worship had developed a major
crack while one month later, some portions of ‘bhog ghar’
(lord’s kitchen) had caved in.
"There is no denying the fact that the temple is in
urgent need of conservation. But paucity of funds has delayed
renovation of the heritage site," BD Panda, Deputy Director,
Department of Culture, said.
However, the conservation project would be undertaken
very shortly with the 13th Finance Commission grants for
state-protected heritage sites have been earmarked in this
regard, Panda said. "We are expecting the project proposal
receiving government clearance after the poll-related model
code of conduct is withdrawn," the official added.