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Servitors Beat Gongs, Ring Bells Urging Odisha Govt To Reopen Temples

Bhubaneswar:7/10/20: In a unique protest, servitors and many devotees across the State beat gongs, rang bells, and blew conchs on Wednesday urging the Odisha government to reopen the temple with COVID-19 restrictions in place.

The protest, which was called by Odisha Mandira Sebayat Sangha (OMSS), witnessed participation of servitors and devotees at major religious places in Odisha.

During the protest, which began at 9 am and lasted for nine minutes, the servitors demanded that the temples should open soon as their livelihood is at stake. Moreover, they also demanded that the government should provide them compensation for their financial losses.

“The livelihoods of all the servitors have been jeopardized as the temples across the State have been shut down due to lockdown restrictions in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our family is suffering to make both the ends meet as we have no alternative means of earning. We have requested the government about our plight several times but of no avail. That is why we have staged this novel protest to draw the attention of the Government towards our plight,” said an OMSS senior member, who was protesting in front of Nageswar temple in Bhubaneswar.

“We had also requested the government to allow the temples to open from October 1st onwards, which fell in deaf ears. So we have decided to protest against the lackadaisical attitude of the Government,” he added. Many devotees and small vendors also joined with the servitors in the protest.

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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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