Silver ‘Linga’ Back at Lingaraj Sanctum
BHUBANESWAR: The ‘Shiv Linga’ at Lingaraj temple will once again have a silver cladding from Monday. The decision was taken at a meeting of Lingaraj Temple Trust Board presided by its chairman, Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Abanikanta Patnaik.
Patnaik said the board decided to clad the ‘Linga’ with silver cover again from Monday. The silver cover had adorned the ‘Linga’ for a few days after it was donated by a devotee last year. But, it was removed following a dispute, he said.
The ADM said the meeting of the board was convened following the decision of the sub-committee to clad the ‘Linga’ with silver from any Monday.
Patnaik said several revenue earning measures for the temple were also taken at the meeting. The board has also decided to rent out the ‘Swastik Mandap’ at Dakara Bibhishana temple at `4,000 per day.
The temple which was encroached has returned to the control of the Lingaraj Temple Trust Board recently, he said.
A decision was also taken to move Supreme Court over the dispute on a piece of land at Rameshwarpatna.
Budget for the temple which is yet to be finalised, was also deliberated upon.
The budget would be around `1.6 crore for 2015, said the ADM. The budget of the temple was `1.2 crore last year.