Contrary to his usual practice of visiting the Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri on New Years Day every year to offer prayers for the welfare of the state, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked for the blessings on Saturday. divine from his residence in the state capital. Given COVID-19 restrictions and the 12th-century shrine closure to avoid overcrowding, Patnaik paid homage to Lord Jagannath from his home, a video posted by ‘Naveen Niwas’, the minister’s residence in chief.
Later, during a videoconference with agents of the IAS and IPS, the Chief Minister wished them the opportunity.
In a message, the Chief Minister also greeted people and urged them to behave appropriately at Covid. “There is always the fear of Corona. We can meet the challenge if we remain vigilant. Therefore, I call on everyone to follow the COVID-19 protocol and ensure their safety and that of their family members, ”he said. Although the Odisha “Loka Seva Bhavan” secretariat building is open, the state government has banned New Year’s celebrations in government offices and the exchange of flowers or sweets due to the pandemic of COVID-19 prevailing.
With the exception of Puri Jagannath Temple, all major places of worship and picnic sports also remained closed for two days to avoid overcrowding. The state government had banned New Year’s celebrations in hotels, clubs and restaurants. People from all walks of life, from politicians to students, took to social media to exchange greetings.
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