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Ram Navami observed across the state with much fervour

Bhubaneswar:30/3/23: Festive spirit gripped Odisha as people of the State observed Ram Navami, the birthday of Lord Ram today with much fervour.

While large congregations of devotees were seen at different shrines in villages and cities across the state, there was a rush of devotees at the Sri Ram temple in Bhubaneswar.

Special rituals are also performed at Srimandir in Puri on the occasion of the holy Ram Navami. At the same time, people in Puri will be celebrating Sahi Jata, a distinctive tradition linked to the Jagannath culture. Preparations for the Sahi Jata have been completed and devotees are ready at different ‘Akhadas’ to take out processions during the day.

A festive mood was witnessed in various Odisha districts, especially Bhadrak, Balasore and Rourkela, where devotees have set up pandals to worship Lord Ram to celebrate his birth anniversary.

‘Agyana Malas’ have been brought to Gandhipadia in Bhadrak from Akhandalamani temple, Maa Bhadrakali temple and Maa Biraja temple in Jajpur and s ‘Jagyan’ will be performed in the city throughout the day. ‘Nagara Sankirtana’ will also be taken out in Bhadrak at 3 pm on Thursday on the occasion of Ram Navami celebrations.

Meanwhile, the district administrations in different places of the state have made elaborate security arrangements to maintain law and order during the huge processions. In Bhadrak, seven drone cameras have been deployed to keep a vigil and prevent any untoward incident during the procession.

At the same time, more than 76 CCTV cameras have been installed at various places to keep a tab on the processions.

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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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