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‘Handi Bhanga’ ritual of Lord Lingaraj Suspended For Fifth Consecutive Year

Bhubaneswar:10/3/19: The long-standing dispute between two sects of servitors has once again resulted in suspension of ‘Handi Bhanga’ ritual of Lord Lingaraj at the 11th century shrine in Bhubaneswar.

According to information, the ‘Handi Bhanga’ ritual of Lord Lingaraj is conducted every year on the first Saturday following Maha Shivaratri. As per the practice, Lord Lingaraj is taken out in a procession to Kapileswar Temple and the lord returns after being worshipped.

In 2015, a disagreement surfaced between the priests from Lingaraj and Kapileswar temples over conduct of the ‘Handi Bhanga’ ritual following which the ceremony was called off. Despite multiple attempts by the temple administration and the State government to resolve the controversy, the ritual is yet to be conducted since then.

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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