Jagannath temple treasury’s keys found in district record room

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Bhubaneswar: The keys to Jagannath temple’s Ratna Bhandar (treasure room) were found in a locker in the district record room in Odisha’s Puri on Wednesday, an official said.

The duplicate key of the inner chamber of the Ratna Bhandar was found in a sealed envelope kept in a locker of the record room, said Puri District Collector Arvind Agarwal, adding that a report will be submitted on the development to the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA).

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Two teams led by Puri’s Additional District Magistrates were engaged for the last five days to trace out the missing key, sources said.

A major controversy had erupted over the missing Ratna Bhandar keys with a massive public outrage forcing the state government to order a judicial inquiry into the circumstances leading to the keys going missing.

–IANS

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