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Ekamra Walks discovering the rich traditions of the ancient Temple City

Bhubaneswar:10/9/17; Ekamra Walks is not only monuments hopping in the Old City of Bhubaneswar, it is also discovering the rich traditions of the ancient Temple City and many interesting rituals of Lord Lingaraj, the presiding deity of the Ekamra Kshetra, the age-old name of the Eastern abode of Lord Shiva.

A regular at Ekamra Walks, the only guided heritage tour of the State Capital, Sanjay Mohapatra, who belongs to the servitor’s family with a traditional citation of “Panchuati’’ by the temple administration since generations, today said “we also have a festive occasion just like Nuakhai, which is famous in the Western belt of Odisha. It falls on Kanya Sankranti and it would be celebrated the next Sunday. On this auspicious day new grains would be taken from our house to the Lord’s temple and the preparation of the “Prasad’’ would commence after that.’’

Mohapatra, who comes to Ekamra Walks on every Sunday with son Rudra Prasad, said “on the day the temple sends a team with the traditional procession to invite a member from our family and the person brings the new grains with the procession to the Lingaraj Temple and then begins the cooking for the Lord.’’

Saying that the traditional practices are so created to have a timeless bonding between the deity and the servitors’ families so that the common man’s belief in the temple system would be more stronger and deep, Mohapatra explained that there are several families attached to Lord Lingaraj for different services.

Among the 45 participants of the 39th Ekamra Walks today, was Ravi , a tour professional from Lucknow. He was in the city to take part in the ITOA conference and his company Tornos Destinations India (Pvt) Ltd is a leading tour operator from Uttar Pradesh’s most sought after city with palaces and quality cuisines. Ravi has been associated in promoting various types of heritage tours and packages in the historic Lucknow city.

The walkers today visited Mukteswar, Parsurameswar, Swarnajaleswar, Kotitirtheswar, Bindusagar, old Dharmashala, Lingaraj, Chitrakarini, Sari Deula, Mohini and Vaitaal Temple.


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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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