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Covid-19:Jagannath Temple Loss At Rs 10 Cr, Lingaraj’s Rs 8 Cr

Bhubaneswar/Puri18/12/20:: Even as the doors of the Lord of the Universe (Jagannath) are going to get unlocked for general devotees after over 270-days of lockdown on the coming Wednesday, the pandemic of novel Coronavirus, termed by many in Puri as the Kalapahar of this century, has rendered this one among the top-10 prosperous temples in the country poorer by crores.

Not only the Shree Jagannath Temple, but the contagious virus has also robbed the famous 12th-century shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva – the Lingaraj temple – in Bhubaneswar of crores in terms of revenue.

An estimate prepared by the Puri Temple Administration, reveals that the revered shrine, which is one of the char (Four) sacred dhams in India, is going to feel a hole of around Rs 10 crores losses in its income budget this year due to Covid-19, while the ancient Shree Lingaraj temple will be incurring a deficit of around Rs 8 crore.

Unlike Shree Jagannath Temple, which has recourse to the State government grant in deficit years, the temple of Lord Lingaraj has no such luxury. As a consequence, the sword of pay cut looms large over the employees of the hallowed temple.

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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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