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Bhubaneswar, Thousands of devotees have thronged the holy town of Puri in Odisha to witness the new millennium’s first Nabakalebar Rath Yatra which will commence on Saturday. download (5)

The Odisha administration is pulling out all the stops to ensure a smooth conduct of the grand festival as it expects a congregation of 50 lakh devotees during the nine-day-long Rath Yatra and Suna Besha (Golden Attire of Lord Jagannath and His siblings) subsequently.

The annual yatra, which will commence from the Puri temple, will conclude at Shree Gundicha temple, covering nearly 2.5 km distance, in nine days. The yatra will conclude on July 29.

The administration has made arrangement of free bus service from the newly-constructed Malatipur bus terminus to carry pilgrims to the town, while the Railways ministry has announced running of 216 special trains to ferry passengers from across the country.

While a steady stream of tourists is pouring in, city hotels in Puri are already booked. There are about 500 hotels, 200 lodges, and about 100 ashrams and dharamshalas in Puri, said an official of the Hotel and Restaurants Association of Odisha (HARO).

Besides, the administration has set up 33 Nabakalebara villages (tourist shelters) across the town to accommodate tourists.

Odisha government has also deployed over 10,000 policemen for crowd management and to thwart any possible terror-incident.

“We are ready to face any exigencies during the festival. We have made elaborate security arrangement and sections of our police force are in sync with each other round the clock,” said Puri’s Superintendent of Police Asish Singh.

A five-layered security cordon has been put in place in Puri while over 200 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed to keep a close vigil on the tourists’ movement in the city.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has deputed four ministers and an army of bureaucrats to supervise the smooth functioning of the festival.

Meanwhile, a milling crowd was anxiously waiting for the ‘Nabajauban Darshan’ of the deities on the eve of the Rath Yatra. But this Nabakalebar year has debarred them from the darshan as per the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration’s (SJTA) decision taking into consideration Saturday’s grand festival.

According to SJTA, the darshan, if permitted to devotees, could delay the rituals for a timely and smooth conduct of the Rath Yatra. Such a plea has already been deposed by the SJTA before the Odisha high court.

On Friday, after the initial early morning and morning hour rituals in the sanctum sanctorum, the four deities — Shri Sudarshan, Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Lord Jagannath — are brought to the chariots on the Bada Danda (grand road) individually in a grand procession by the temple servitors.

Then, the prime ritual of the day ‘Chhera Pahanra’ (sweeping of the chariots) is solemnized by Puri Gajapati Dibya Singhdev followed by sprinkling of holy water and sandal.

This is a symbolic gesture by the king to convey the divine message of dignity of labor and equality.

Besides Gajapati, Puri Govardhan Peeth Shankaracharya Nischalanand Saraswati, along with his coterie, visits the chariots and has darshan of the deities. Then begins the chariot pulling one by one in the afternoon to reach the destination of Gundicha temple from Shree Mandir.

(IANS)

 

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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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“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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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)