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Odisha Celebrates Ram Utsav

Bhubaneswar: Be it rural areas or cities, entire Odisha was gripped with devotion and fervour on the occasion of Ram Lalla consecration ceremony and inauguration of Ayodhya temple.

Almost all Ram Temples in all parts of the State organized special pujas and yagnas to celebrate the day.  People witnessed the ceremony watching live telecasting at their homes and screens put up by BJP leaders in some places.   

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik along with 5T Chairman V K Pandian watched the live telecast of the consecration ceremony of the Ram temple at Ayodhya.

‘Witnessed the auspicious #RamMandirPranPrathista being held #Ayodhya. Delighted to see the nation coming together with religious fervor for the #PranPratishta’, Patnaik said in a post on X.

Governor extended his hearty wishes to everyone on the much awaited consecration of Shri RamLala at Ayodhya. May the Lord bless all, the Governor said in a post on X.

While VHP and other members of the Sangh Parivar held rallies, yagna and programmes at different places, Odisha BJP leaders held a special programme at their state party headquarters to celebrate the occasion. Special Pujas were held in all Hanuman temples across the State while saffron flags with Hanuman and Sri Ram photos were put up on road sides. The rallies were held with participants chanting Jai Sri Ram. In many places sweets were distributed among devotees’.

Some families decorated their houses with flowers, rangoli, lit earthen lamps and installed ‘Kalasa’. As the day was declared as a public holiday by the state government, many employees were seen celebrating the day by singing devotional songs.

In Bhubaneswar, people visited the Ram Temple, Hanuman Temple, and other temples and offered prayers.

Meanwhile, a grand Ram temple constructed on a hilltop in the village of Fategarh in Nayagarh district was inaugurated.

A large number of devotees throng to the Lord Ram shrine, which is situated about 1600 above the sea level.  

The temple has been built over 36 acres of land with donations from villagers and devotees and it is surrounded by a lush green environment. Idols of Lord Ram, Sita, and Lakshman from Rajasthan have been placed inside the temple with special rituals conducted on Monday, said a temple priest.

Rejoicing the inauguration of the grand Ram temple at Ayodhya, parents of several newborns have named their offspring Lord Ram and Devi Sita in different districts of the State.