The Jagannath Temple Administration has decided to construct an ultramodern tower, adjacent to the shrine office, on the Grand Road in Puri to showcase and sell souvenirs and paintings of Jagannath. The complex would be called as ‘Nabakalebar Tower’.
The 12th century shrine body plans to commission the project before the grand Nabakalebar festival in 2015. “We have identified a site close the temple office. Some shops on the land were demolished a few days back. We will shortly hire an architect to draw up the plan and design of the proposed tower,” temple’s chief administrator Arvind Padhee told TOI. The Nabakalebar Tower would accommodate some traders, whose shops were razed, he said.
The complex would also house a state-of-the-art library and research centre on the presiding deities of the temple. At present, the pilgrim town does not have a dedicated centre where scholars and devotees can conduct research on Jagannath’s art and culture.
The proposed FM radio station of the temple would also be set up in the tower. The service would be commissioned at a cost of around Rs 4 crore to disseminate information about Jagannath culture. The shrine body plans to air devotional songs, daily rituals and discourses, related to Jagannath, eight hours a day.
The tower would have another information and broadcasting wing to operate the proposed social networking sites to be linked with Jagannath Temple. National Informatics Centre (NIC), a Central government institution that provides e-Government/e-Governance solutions in the country, is giving finishing touches to the design and contents of the webpage dedicated to the reigning deities.
“We would soon launch the pages on Facebook and Twitter. Since the social networking sites are being browsed by countless people, this will help spread Jagannath culture across the globe,” Padhee added.Jagannath temple administration Nabakalebar Tower 12th century shrine