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Puri king Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb will abstain from performing Chhera Pahanra on Snana Jatra

Puri: 23/6/21:Like previous year, Puri king Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb,  will abstain from performing Chhera Pahanra (sweeping of floors) at Puri Srimandir on Snana Jatra tomorrow in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Gajapati will not perform his traditional duty on S nana Jatra as two of his home staff have tested positive for COVID-19. He has intimidated Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) regarding the same\

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.On his behalf, Narayana Mudirasta (16), the youngest young servitor of the shrine will perform the ritual on Snana Mandap (bathing altar), where the deities would be given a ceremonial bath tomorrow.

As per the temple law, only a minor member of Mudirasta servitor’s family can perform Chhera Pahanra in the absence of the Gajapati. Last year, Narayan’s elder brother Aditya Narayan Mudirasta, had performed the ritual on Debasnana Purnima.

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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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