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Odisha Chief Minister was among lakhs of devotees at Sri Jagannath Temple

Puri:1/1/18:Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was among lakhs of devotees, who offered prayers at Sri Jagannath Temple at Puri on the occasion of the New Year’s Day today.

Revenue & Disaster Management Minister Maheswar Mohanty and Bhubaneswar MP Prasanna Patasani accompanied the Chief Minister during his prayers at the temple.

 

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After having darshan of the Lord in the 12th century shrine, Patnaik came out waving to the people waiting outside to greet him.

Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik inaugurating Sanskruti Bhawan at Puri

 

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“I prayed to Lord Jagannath for the well-being, peace and prosperity of the people of Odisha,” Patnaik told reporters.

Though there was heavy rush at the temple, there had been no special arrangement for the chief minister.

“We took the chief minister via a separate way to the temple keeping an eye that common devotees do not suffer,” said Sri Jagannath Temple chief administrator P K Jena.

Jena said the temple was opened to devotees at about 1.45 AM today for smooth darshan as over 5 lakh people thronged the temple.

 

About Ashok Palit

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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