Ram Nath Kovind and his wife offers prayer to lords at Sri Jagannath temple

TNN Bureau. Updated: 3/18/2018 4:10:30 PM National

Puri, Mar 18 : On the second day and concluding day of his first visit to Odisha President Ram Nath Kovind today visited Jagannath temple to offers prayer to lords, released Rs 10 and Rs 1000 commemorative coins on Lord Jagannath’s Nabakalebara festival and addressed the centenary celebration of Attending centenary celebration of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan.

Mr Kovind who arrived the pilgrim city last evening stayed the night at Special circuit house and visited the 12th century Jagannath temple this morning with his wife Savita Kovind and offered prayer to Lord Jagannath, his siblings lord Balavadra and Devi Subhadra.

The President recalled the visit of his father to the Jagannath temple on October 9,1947 when he was only eight years old and said he was fortunate to visit the temple and offers prayer to the lords.

The district administration has made an elaborate security arrangement for the visit of the President and his wife, and restricted the entry of the visitors and devotees inside the temple during the visit.

Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, State Revenue Minister Maheswar Mohanty, Jagannath Temple Chief Administrator Pradeep Jena and Puri District Collector Aravind Agarwal accompanied the President and the first lady to the temple.The President and his wife sought blessings from the pandits of Mukti Mandap and later visited the Maa Vimala and Laxmi temple inside the Jagannath temple complex.

The Jagannath temple administration presented a pata chitra of the three presiding deities of the Lord Jagannath temple to the President.

Later the president addressed the centenary celebration of the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan where he released Rs 10 and Rs 1000 commemorative coins on Lord Jagannath’s Nabakalebara festival.

The Government of India had earlier announced for the release of coins of Rs 10 and Rs 1,000 denominations to mark the symbolic recreation of presiding deities Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and devi Subhadra of the Sri Jagannath temple.

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