Rashmi Rekha Das

The Cuttack administration has come up with a good news for devotees who were upset over cancellation of famous Dhabaleswar Mela. In a bid to bring smile on faces of Lord Shiva devotees, the administration has decided to install a LED to facilitate the online darshan of the deity.  

Devotees can get a virtual darshan of Lord Dhabaleswar this year during Panchuka for which the administration is all set to install a big LED TV near the hanging bridge. Panchuka is the last five days of Kartik month.

Besides, devotees can avail ‘gaja bhoga’ and other Prasad near the bridge that connects to the shrine directly.

A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by the Cuttack District Collector Bhabani Shankar Chayani on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the District Collector reviewed the current status of the hanging bridge during his visit to the shrine. He observed that the bridge has developed cracks and rust. 

After the bridge has been declared unsafe for devotees, the district administration imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC for an indefinite period to facilitate repair work of the bridge. 

It is pertinent to note that the administration’s move came after the collapse of a century-old bridge in Morbi of Gujarat on Sunday killing 135 people. It prompted the administration to cancel the age-old Dhabaleswar Yatra this year.