Puri, Nov 18: Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan visited the Puri Srimandir in the wee hours of Saturday.
He reached Puri last night. At the temple, Pradhan was welcomed by party leaders and other workers.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan commended the works undertaken under Nabakalebara and Puri Parikram project in order to preserve the archeological heritage of the temple.
He attended Lord Jagannath's Mangal Aarti and spent approximately 45 minutes inside the temple, expressing his joy at receiving the Lord's blessings during the sacred month of Kartika Brata.
Additionally, Pradhan underscored the significance of restoring and repairing various historical and religious Peethas. He expressed optimism that both the State and Central governments would collaborate in this endeavor.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also assessed the temple's repair progress, engaging in discussions with ASI and Srimandir officials. He emphasized the importance of adhering to the directives of the Orissa High Court in carrying out the restoration work.