BHUBANESWAR, INDIA, May 22, 2014 (Telegraph India): An expert team of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) today inspected the 12th century Jagannath temple in Puri to find out whether the earthquake that hit the state yesterday had any impact on the temple. The team visited the temple following a magnitude 5.9 earthquake centered 274 km SE of Konarka, India.
Temple administration sources said a team of engineers, led by the deputy archaeological superintending engineer Tapan Bhattacharya, today inspected the temple. "Keeping in mind the vast structure of the temple, it is difficult to find out minor cracks suddenly and the loosening of plasters of the structures at various points. However, the temple is safe at this moment," said a senior official.
According to the ASI report, the structure is standing on the southeast direction from the garbha griha (sanctum sanctorum) of the main Jagannath temple in which direction a fault line is suspected as several structures were affected in this direction during earlier earthquakes. "It is advisable to regularly monitor and check for any sign of distress on the temple structure," the report said.