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Ganesh Utsav Across State


Shree Ganesh Puja also known as Shree Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated across Odisha with religious fervor as scores of devotees thronged various Shree Ganesh temples to offer special prayers today.

People also performed 'puja' at their residences, work places, educational institutions, business establishments and public places as Lord Ganesha is believed to be the remover of obstacles and provider of knowledge.

Several decorated pandals with huge idols of Lord Ganesh have been set up at various places across the state, including the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, Puri, Khordha and Rourkela.

In the capital city, people were seen thronging Puja pandals set up at Rupali Square, Janpath, Madhusudan Nagar, Shastri Nagar, Unit-4 and Unit-8 to offer prayer to Lord Ganesha.
 
With Prime Minister waged war against use of Single Use Plastic, Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a sand sculpture of Lord Ganesh with 1000 plastic bottles around it.
 
Mr.Patnaik sat the Sand Sculpture at Puri Beach to give a message against single-use plastic to save the environment.
 
He sculptured the Sand Art on the occasion of Shree Ganesh Chaturthi, and the sculpture carries the message "Say no to single-use plastic" and "Save our environment" carved on it.
 
Mr.Pattnaik said he decided the theme after being inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's campaign to shun single-use plastic.
 
Mr.Modi gave a clarion call against single-use plastic in his Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast and his address to the nation on the Independence Day.
 
Mr.Patnaik said his creation is aimed at making people aware of the ill effects of plastic on the environment.
 
He said plastic, if not recycled, takes up to a thousand years to decompose creating health hazards.

"On the occasion of Shree Ganesh Chaturthi, I want to appeal to the people not to use single-use plastic to save our environment," said Mr.Patnaik.
 
The 10-ft high sand sculpture of Lord Ganesh was created by using 5 ton of sand, while about 1000 plastic bottles were installed around it, he said.
 


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