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Odisha Chief Minister has attended the Pratistha Utsav (inaugural event) of the new temple complex at Tara Tarini shrine

Ganjam: 18/5/22: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday attended the Pratistha Utsav (inaugural event) of the new temple complex at Tara Tarini shrine in Ganjam district.

Describing today as an auspicious day, Patnaik sought the blessings of Maa Tara Tarini for the well being of the people of Odisha, especially the people of Ganjam.

After the darshan of Maa Tara Tarini, the Chief Minister said that Odisha is a land of gods. The tradition of Shakti Puja in Odisha is very old. In the villages of Odisha, worship of the goddess has been going on since time immemorial.

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He said that Maa Tara Tarini is the patron deity of Ganjam and the people of the district take her refuge in both joy and sorrow. It is with the blessings and will of the goddess, her temple has taken on this magnificent form. The Chief Minister thanked everyone for their cooperation in the work.

Stating that the new look of Maa Tara Tarini temple is a unique example of Odisha’s art, architecture and sculpture, the Chief Minister thanked the artists and artisans involved in the work.

He praised the new look and feel of the temple and its developed environment, which will help attract more devotees and tourists alike. Finally, the Chief Minister called on all to work together for the development of Ganjam on the basis of peace and cooperation.

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The Chief Minister also inaugurated various amenities for devotees and tourists and laid the foundation stone for the development work on the Rusikulya river basin.

Servitors of Puri’s Jagannath Temple, Bhubaneswar’s Lingaraj Temple, Sambalpur’s Samaleshwari Temple, Kendrapara’s Baladevjew Temple, and other temples in the State, attended the event.

Late eminent architect and sculptor Padma Vibhushan Raghunath Mohapatra was instrumental in the construction of the magnificent temple. His grandson Smitesh Mohapatra and leading architect Narayan Tripathy were felicitated during the event.

It is pertinent to mention that Tara Tarini Temple on the Kumari hills at the bank of the River Rushikulya nearly 30 kilometres away from Berhampur city in Ganjam District is a major Shakti Peetha and the abode of Goddesses Tara and Tarini.

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The Chief Minister’s move to revamp the shrine became fruitful today. Bhoomi Pujan for the construction of the new temple complex had been done during the tenure of Secretary to CM (5T) VK Pandian as Ganjam Collector.

In the past, devotees had to climb a flight of stairs for the darshan of Maa Tara Tarini, but now a ropeway and beautiful road have been built to reach the shrine.

Prasad Sevan Hall, Interpretation Centre, Meditation Centre, Rest Area, Food Kiosk, Drinking Water, Shoe Stand, Foot Wash, Waiting Area, Barrier Free Accessibility, Seating Benches, Rest Shed, Watch Tower, Police Outpost, First Aid Centre, etc. have been built at a cost of around Rs 115 crore for the benefit of devotees.

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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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