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No Ratha Jatra at multiple places in Odisha Except Puri

Bhubaneswar: 23/6/21: Putting an end to speculations on conduct of Ratha Jatra at multiple places, Orissa High Court (HC) today refused to intervene in the State Government’s decision to allow the car festival of Lord Jagannath only in Puri this year.

Worth mentioning, writ petitions were filed in the HC seeking permission for holding of the festival at multiple temples, including Baldevjew in Kendrapada district.

Today,  the court refused to intervene in the matter by quashing all the pleas.

Earlier this month, the state Government canceled Ratha Jatra in all parts of the state, except Puri in view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. However,  rituals relating to the annual festival may be performed in the respective temple premises.

Like last year, Ratha Jatra in Puri will be held sans devotees and in adherence to all COVID-19 safety norms.

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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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