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Nine-day long festival Navratri kicks off on Saturday across the country

Puri/Cuttack:17/10/20: As the auspicious nine-day long festival Navratri kicks off on Saturday across the country, special rituals have been initiated at Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri and several Shakti shrines in Odisha with compliance of all Covid-19 restrictions and without the participation of devotees.

It may be mentioned that temples in the State, including Srimandir, have not been opened yet for devotees in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This year, Durga Puja/Navratri is a 45-day affair at Srimandir instead of the usual 16 days due to leap month-‘Mala Maasa’, which falls in the month of Ashwin twice.

As no puja is performed during the leap month, the Sharadiya Durga Puja rituals in Srimandir this year started on September 9 and will conclude on October 24.

As per tradition, 25 ‘Srotriya’ Brahmins are performing the ‘Sodash Upachar Puja’ of Durgamadhab at Devi Bimala temple in the 12th-century shrine.

In Cuttack, even though Chandi Temple in the millennium city was closed for devotees as per the protocols issued by the State government, people were seen paying obeisance to the goddess from outside the temple on the commencement of the Navratri.

The Rath Yatra of Maa Biraja in Jajpur will also begin from today and conclude on October 24. However, prohibitory orders under section- 144 have been clamped in the area to restrict movement and congregation of the public to contain the spread of covid-19 as per the directives of the Orissa High Court on October 8.

Special rituals were held at Ghantasuni Temple in Bolangir’s Titlagarh without the participation of people. The goddess was decked in Maa Sailputri besha on the first day of Navratri today.

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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