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Odisha Government today barred Bol Bam devotees from offering prayers at Shaivaite shrines

Bhubaneswar: 4/7/20: In view of the COVID-19  situation in Odisha, the state Government today barred Bol Bam devotees from offering prayers at Shaivaite shrines across the state.

At a press briefing here, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena said no Bol Bom devotees devotees or Kanwariyas will be allowed to congregate, carry water from water bodies and walk on public roads to pour the sacred water on Shiva Lingas in the month of Shravan.

“In the Odia month of Shravan (July/August), Bol Bom devotees carry water from rivers, walk barefoot for several miles and pour the collected water on Shiva Linga in temples. The Kaudias start their journey on Saturday/ Sunday/ Monday by collecting the water and walk till Monday morning to pour the sacred  water on Shiva Linga. The entire activity has extensive potential of spreading COVID-1 9 pandemic”, said the SRC.

In the interest of public health, the state Government has ordered that the religious activities and congregations will remain prohibited and Kaudias are barred from participating in the entire process in the month of Shravan this year, Jena said.

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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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