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“Raja Mahotsav 2024” inaugurated at at Odisha Tourism Development Corporation headquarters in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar:14/6/2  4: Raja, an annual festival celebrating womanhood in Odisha, was inaugurated at Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) headquarters in Bhubaneswar today. Promoting authentic Odia delicacies coupled with celebrations during Raja including swings, alata, and mehndi for girls and young women, the Raja Mahotsav was inaugurated by Hon’le MP Bhubaneswar Smt Aparajita Sarangi and Hon’ble MLA Ekamra Shri Babu Singh.

As part of the three-day festival, special arrangements have been made to ensure sale of Raja delicacies and sweets across all hospitality units of OTDC. Further, traditional swings have been set up and Mehndi artists invited at Panthanivas Bhubaneswar to decorate the hands of women visiting during the festival free of cost.

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To make the celebration grand, three “Pitha on Wheels” vans have been provided for sale of Raja delicacies and shall be stationed at Master Canteen, KIIT Square, ITER – Khandagiri from 8 am to 12 noon and 4 pm to 7 pm. These vans will provide an option for take away of Raja Pithas and other delicacies. The Pitha on Wheels is also stationed at Sambalpur. Raja Pitha counters will be set up at Silvercity Boatclub, Cuttack, ISBT Café, and Nimantran Restaurant Bhubaneswar for sale to the public from 14th June to 16th June 2024. The Pitha counter will be operated at Kalinga Convention Hall of Panthanivas, Bhubaneswar from 13th to 16th June 2024.

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The event had officers from OTDC including Director of OTDC Shri Sachin Ramachandra Jadhav, General Manager Dr. Lalatendu Sahoo, Working President of Utkal Paryatan Nigam Employee Association Shri Benudhara Patra among others were present on the occasion

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