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Lakhs of devotees take holy dip

Staff Reporter

Special pujas offered to mark the end of Kartik month


Religious discourses organised at temples to mark Karitka Poornima

Chief Minister attends Kalinga Balijatra inaugural at Paradip port


Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty

Religious fervour: Residents of Bhubaneswar setting afloat paper boats in Daya River to observe the rituals of the ‘Bali Yatra’ festival on Friday. —

BHUBANESWAR: Lakhs of devotees congregated on banks of rivers and ponds for taking holy dips and setting afloat the miniature boats on Saturday that marked end of sacred month of Kartik.

People started making a beeline before different temples to offer special puja to end the month on a high note.

The holy town of Puri witnessed gathering of lakhs of devotees from across the State as well as outside Orissa for darshan of Lord Jagannath. Similarly, all major temples including Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar, Tarini Temple at Ghatagaon and Biraja in Jajpur district were crowded with devotees.Devotional songs were rendered and religious discourses were organised at different places on the occasion of Kartika Poornima.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik went to Paradip, the port town of Orissa, to attend Kalinga Balijatra, the main function to mark the rich maritime tradition of the State.

Kalasa handed over

It is believed that Orissa had trade relationship with Indonesian Islands in the past. Traders used to take water route to visit those places.

Similarly, the Port Day was observed on the auspicious day of Kartik Poornima by Paradip Port Trust (PPT) with Mr. Patnaik unfurling the port flag at Wet Basin.

Chief Minister handed over sacred Kalasa, earthen pots, to Sadhavas, erstwhile traders, who were dressed in customary attire. He also gave a warm send off to them who set sail in decorated boats.

PPT Chairman Raghuramaiah gave elaborate overview of developmental plans of the Paradip Port. Member of Parliament Brahmananda Panda and several legislators were also present on the occasion.

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