Thursday January 24, 2019

Nearly 25 lakhs of devotees to attend Puri’s Nabakalebara festival

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Nabakalebara is among one of the most celebrated festivals of Odisha, celebrating the regeneration of Lord Jagannath, Bhalabhadara, Subhadra and Sudarshan by restoring their wooden idols.  The carnival will be serving as a boost in Odisha’s economy as the tourism sector will flourish during this pious term of devotion.

Celebrated after a gap of 20 years, the festival commences from 18th July at Puri and the Rath Yatra this time has been named as Nabakalebar Rath Yatra. According to the secret code of conduct followed in the customs, the provision is there for changing the deities. And with the help of secret rituals the supreme power is installed from old deities to the new one.

The intricate and sacred rituals for the preparation of wooden idols to the infrastructural change are being implied by the government to receive the massive turnout of the devotees. Law and order, health issues, crowd management, transport, parking and many more, the government of Odisha is working expeditiously to meet the deadline well in advance.

“Construction of roads and railways will enable the people to travel smoother and relentlessly especially during the festival,” said Jitendra Jena, District transport officer of Dhenkanal. “People of Odisha celebrate Nabakalebara festival in grand manner so the improved mode of travelling are required so that few isolated villages can also be connected,” he further added.

For the successful completion of Nabakalebara fest, centre has given Rs 50 crore to Odisha government and the preparation will be soon reviewed by Union ministers on March 20- 21. Tourism and Petroleum Ministry along with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism held a meeting discussing the measures for promotion and international branding of the Nabakalebar Rath Yatra.

The Petroleum Minister Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan with Tourism Minister Dr. Mahesh Sharma decided that the Ministry of Culture will bring out Coffee Table Book and also make documentary on the Yatra. Coins and stamps will also be given to venerate the Yatra.

Tourism Development Corporation of Odisha has also announced special tourism packages for pilgrims of Nabakalebara festival, announced by Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Panda. As nearly 25 lakhs of devotees are predicted to join and witness the grand occasion at Jagannath temple in Puri where the deities of the trinity will be changed.

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Benefits Meant for the People Should Reach Them On Time: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

In a month, development projects worth more than Rs 20,000 crore have been either inaugurated or initiated in Odisha, said Modi

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"We ensured everyone gets what they deserve" PM Modi

Pime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday attacked previous governments at the Centre for ruling the country like their “Sultanates”, neglecting its rich heritage.

“Past governments ruled like Sultans and neglected our rich heritage. They ignored our glorious civilisation and failed to pay attention to their preservation,” said Modi while addressing a public meeting in Balangir town in Odisha.

“This criminal error will always stick to the parties, who the country gave the opportunity to run governments for decades. Surprisingly, they have not taken lessons from this,” he added.

He also attacked the state government under Naveen Patnaik and said the benefits meant for the people should reach them on time and must not be used as an election tool.

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Benefits Meant for the People Should Reach Them On Time: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

 

This was Modi’s third visit to the state in the past three weeks and showed the importance that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was attaching to the state ahead of the general and assembly elections.

The Prime Minister said his government was committed to conserving and preserving the country’s rich cultural heritage.

He said his government has been constantly making efforts to bring back the idols stolen from the temples in India.

He also attacked the parties for opposing the International Yoga Day and the construction of the Statue of Unity.

“Some parties were against organising the International Yoga Day. These are the people who did not promote yoga. These people neither understand India nor tourism,” he added.

“They raised questions on erecting the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. But, after becoming the world’s tallest statue, it has generated jobs for people residing around the structure.

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Elaborate preparations for PM’s election rally. VOA

“They were also against changing the names of islands in Andaman and Nicobar islands,” said Modi.

He said the central government has cancelled around six crore fake ration cards, gas connections, scholarships with wrong names, grabbing pension under wrong names over the last four years.

“We plugged these leakages, saving crores of rupees. All ration cards have been digitised and around 80 per cent of them have been linked with Aadhaar,” said the Prime Minister.

“The middlemen used to loot the money meant for poor. We have stopped this. We ensured everyone gets what they deserve,” he added.

The Prime Minister said there are people, who are angry because he has put a stop to their loot and corruption.

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PM believes in Constant Development and Promoting tourism.

Highlighting the developmental works being carried out by the Centre in the state, he attacked the Odisha government for failing to utilise the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) fund in the mineral bearing areas.

“Odisha has Rs 4,000 crore in its DMF Fund which has remained unutilised so far. What has happened to the government? It is in deep slumber. The government of Odisha should ensure that the benefits reach the tribal people.

“Do not wait for the elections. Ease the problems of people, elections will keep coming,” said Modi.

Also Read- Prime Minister Narendra Modi Claims BJP Was Not in Politics For “Divide and Rule”

He said the central government has allocated over Rs 20,000 crore for the development of Railways in Odisha in the last four years alone, which is five times more than the allocation by the previous government.

In a month, development projects worth more than Rs 20,000 crore have been either inaugurated or initiated in Odisha, said Modi. (IANS)