…The Hindu sentiment in regard to this temple is both strong and widespread. In the
present conditions, it is unlikely that, that sentiment will be satisfied by mere
restoration of the temple or by prolonging its life. The restoration of the idol would be
a point of honour and sentiment with the Hindu public."
At that stage it was considered that the restoration of the idol would not interfere with
the maintenance of the old temple.
on scrutiny, found that the ruins were salt-eaten and irreparable, nor could they support
a new shikhara. Religious injunctions also stood in the way of installing the deity in
ruins which could not be renovated as prescribed. It was, therefore, finally decided to
rebuild the temple.