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Naveen Patnaik unveiled a statue of 8th Century Buddhist sage Guru Padmasambhava

Gajapati:8/2/19:Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik laid foundation stones  for 98 projects worth Rs  14 crore and inaugurated 129 welfare projects worth Rs  67 at Chandragiri near Jerango of Gajapati district. Patnaik also unveiled a statue of 8thCentury Buddhist sage Guru Padmasambhava on the occasion. “The State Government will continue to promote Buddhist tourism in Odisha,” said Patnaik.

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Hundreds of Tibetans from many different countries like USA, Europe, Russia, Nepal and from different parts of India gathered during the unveiling of the statue of Guru Padmasambhava who is revered as the second Buddha having founded the Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet in the 8th century. Some scholars believe the Guru was born in Odisha. His life and teachings shaped the spiritual landscape of the Himalayan region and its people forever.

Hundreds of BJD supporters of Gajapati district were present. Among others,  BJD Rajya Sabha MP Achyuta Samanta, Mohana MLA Basanti Mallick, Special Development Council Chairman Antarjami Gomango, former Minister Pradip Panigrahi, former Union Minister Chandrashekar Sahu and many Tibetan international leaders were present on the stage.

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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