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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi's vehicle was intercepted while on way to the Tara Tarini temple on Friday as the local administration didn't allow movement of vehicle further- around 3 km away from the temple.

As per reports, Sarangi along with her supporters and BJP members was enroute the famous South-Odisha shrine when the local administration apprehended her carcade and denied entry into the shrine.

She got down from her vehicle and walked for around three kilometers to the temple with her supporters. When asked, she said, "if this is how Goddess Taratarini wants her to visit the shrine, then so be it."

“I used to come here when I was posted in Berhampur as the Additional District Magistrate (ADM). Everything is done as per the direction of the almighty. I am glad that I could see her after so many years,” she said.

Denying making any allegations against anyone, Sarangi said, “I wanted to come here to seek the blessings of Maa Taratarini. When an invitation from the Ganjam Vikash Manch arrived, I was elated. I do not want to make any allegations against anybody whatsoever. This seems to be the wish of Maa Taratarini, so I am walking.”

Later, the Ganjam district administration termed the reports of denying permission for vehicles false and said: "We requested her to go with two vehicles, But Hon MP denied and started walking towards mandir."

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday (May 18) inaugurated the revamped, renovated periphery of the famous Shakti Peetha of Maa Tara Tarini, the presiding deity of Ganjam district.

The Pratistha Mahotsav of Maa Tara Tarini's new temple in Ganjam kicked off last week, and during the week-long celebrations various rituals were performed in the holy shrine. Today was the concluding day of the Mahotsav which was attended by Sarangi.

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