President Ram Nathalong with First Lady Savita on Monday offered prayers at temple and visited the at in district, on the last day of his three-day visit to Odisha.
Kovind and his wife arrived at the 12th centurytemple in around 9.10 am, accompanied by Governor and Union minister Dharmendra , and spent about 40 minutes there.
They entered the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and paid obeisance to deities- Lord, and Lord Jagannath.
They also offered prayers toand Goddess on the premises of the world famous temple.
As per the tradition, the president and his wife sat on the floor oftemple for some before going to tie a flag (Patitapabana Bana) atop the shrine.
”Indias first citizen tied a flag atop the temple wishing wellbeing of the countrymen,” said, a servitor accompanying him.
He said the president was heard chanting ”Jai Jagannath” during his presence in the temple.
Puri’sand the Shree Jagannath Temple Aadministration (SJTA) chief administrator Krishan welcomed them at the Lion’s Gate of the temple.
Kovind donated Rs 1 lakh for the development of the shrine,said, adding that the SJTA presented him a ”Patachitra” painting of most auspicious ”Nagarjua Bhesa” (Lords warrior attire).
The temple was decorated with flowers for the president’s visit and the security has been beefed up in the town.
This was Kovinds second visit to the temple. Previously, he had come for the blessings of the lord in 2018.
Shops and business establishments on both sides of the Grand Road were closed for security purpose.
No visitor or devotee was allowed to enter the temple 30 minutes before the president’s arrival.
The president later went to the 13th centuryat , one of the protected heritage site, along with his family members, governor and Pradhan.
Kovind saw the ”Black Pagoda”, the other name ofTemple where display of stone carvings was at its zenith.
Kovidn while addressing a meeting at theon Sunday had mentioned the name of Temple.
.Odisha has been immensely rich in history and culture.
It has been the cradle of scientific approach since early times. Built about 800 years ago, theat is an example of perfect blend of art and science.
”I am looking forward to my visit to the temple tomorrow. It is listed among UNESCOsin India,” president had said to the NIT, Rourkela students.
During his three-day visit,also inaugurated a super specialty hospital of the on Sunday.
Before leaving for the national capital this evening,planted a ”neem” sapling in the premises of here which was also watered by him and the First Lady.
Chief Ministersees off the president at International Airport.
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