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Promote Buddhist tourism over 200 monks & followers have embarked on eight-day ‘Eco Padyatra’

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to promote Buddhist tourism and spread awareness on environment protection, over 200 monks, nuns and Buddhism followers across the country have embarked on eight-day ‘Eco Padyatra’ in Odisha.

The Padayatra that was flagged off by Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda on Tuesday will cover five Buddhist sites in the State- Khandagiri, Udayagiri, Dhauligiri, Lalitgiri and Ratnagiri. The 140-km rally began from Dhauli on the city outskirts and will culminate at Ratnagiri on October 31.

The participants belonging to seven countries, including Bhutan, Nepal, Australia, Tibet, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan will offer special prayers for world peace, carry out cleanliness drives and spread awareness on various Buddhist heritage sites of the State and protection of environment.

Minister Panda said Odisha has several Buddhist heritage sites that attract good number of devotees from across the world. The Padayatra will help spread important messages on Buddhism as well as environment protection.

The event has been organised by New Delhi-based Drukpa Charitable Trust.

About Editor in chief

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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