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Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation granted its permission for Sital Sasthi yatra at Lingaraj Temple

Bhubaneswar:25/5/20: Ending all speculations the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) today granted its permission for Sital Sasthi yatra at Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar amid the nationwide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19. However, the BMC has laid certain conditions for servitors while celebrating the divine marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Official sources said, as per the decision taken in a meeting which was attended by BMC officials and servitors, the Sital Sasthi will be held without procession and decoration unlike every year. People participating in the Sital Sasthi celebration will wear mask mandatorily and maintain social distance.

Those who are suffering from cold and cough will not get permission to participate in the celebration. This apart, the servitors in charge of rituals of Lord Lingaraj will only be allowed to attend the divine marriage function after undergoing thermal screening.

Among others, Lingaraj Temple Executive officer Prasanna Das, BMC Additional Commissioner Abanikant Patnaik and servitors of different nijogs were present in the meeting.

Worth mentioning, the annual car festival of Lord Lingaraj, known as ”Rukuna Rath Yatra”, was not allowed by the Khordha district administration on April 1 this year due to the nationwide lockdown.

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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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