Bhubaneswar: While the State Government has banned large congregations for observance of Utkal Divas and associated cultural programmes throughout Odisha, the statehood day was celebrated in a very subdued manner on Thursday.

"Bhubaneswar: While the State Government has banned large congregations for observance of Utkal Divas and associated cultural programmes throughout Odisha, the statehood day was celebrated in a very subdued manner on Thursday. CM Naveen Patnaik today unveiled the life-size bronze statue of Utkalmani Pandit Gopabandhu Das at Cantonment Road in Cuttack on the occasion of […]"

CM Naveen Patnaik today unveiled the life-size bronze statue of Utkalmani Pandit Gopabandhu Das at Cantonment Road in Cuttack on the occasion of Utkal Divas. The statues will be known as ‘Manabikata ra Pratimurti’ or the ‘Statue Of Humanity’.

[caption id="attachment_531262" align="aligncenter" width="750"]CM Naveen Patnaik unveiled life-size bronze statue of Utkalmani Pandit Gopabandhu Das in Cuttack on Utkal Divas CM Naveen Patnaik unveiled life-size bronze statue of Utkalmani Pandit Gopabandhu Das in Cuttack on Utkal Divas[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_531263" align="aligncenter" width="750"]CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurated 'Statue of Humanity' 'in Cuttack on Utkal Divas CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurated 'Statue of Humanity' 'in Cuttack on Utkal Divas[/caption]

The CM also inaugurated a mural sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi at Bellview Square in the millennium city on the day to commemorate the 100th year of the visit of the father of nation to the city.

[caption id="attachment_531259" align="aligncenter" width="750"]CM Naveen inaugurated a mural sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi at Bellview Square in Cuttack on Utkal Divas CM Naveen inaugurated a mural sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi at Bellview Square in Cuttack on Utkal Divas (Image Credit- Twitter)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_531264" align="aligncenter" width="750"]Mural sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi at Bellview Square in Cuttack Mural sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi at Bellview Square in Cuttack[/caption]

Members of Cuttack Utkal Sammilani offer flower garlands on the samadhi of Gopabandhu Das in the millennium city and sang Bande Utkal Janani.

[caption id="attachment_531265" align="aligncenter" width="750"]Members of Cuttack Utkal Sammilani offer flower garlands on the samadhi of Gopabandhu Das in the millennium city Members of Cuttack Utkal Sammilani offer flower garlands on the samadhi of Gopabandhu Das in the millennium city.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_531266" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Members of Cuttack Utkal Sammilani offer flower garlands on the samadhi of Gopabandhu Das in the millennium city[/caption]

A special event was organised by the Sundargarh district information and public relations department at RMC conference hall in Rourkela on Utkal Divas today. Minister Energy and MSME Minister Capt Dibya Shankar Mishra graced the occasion as chief guest. The event was also attended by Rourkela MLA Sarada Prasad Nayak and ADM Aboli Naravane.

[caption id="attachment_531269" align="aligncenter" width="750"] A special event was organised by the Sundargarh district information and public relations department at RMC conference hall in Rourkela on Utkal Divas[/caption]

Leaders and workers of BJD and BJP paid floral tributes to Utkalamani Gopabandhu Das and other leaders who played major role in the revolution for the separate identity of the State.

[caption id="attachment_531270" align="aligncenter" width="750"] BJD members observe Utkal Divas at the party's headquarters in Bhubaneswar[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_531272" align="aligncenter" width="750"] BJD members observe Utkal Divas at the party's headquarters in Bhubaneswar[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_531273" align="aligncenter" width="750"] BJP members observe Utkal Divas at the party's headquarters in Bhubaneswar[/caption]

Utkal Divas was also celebrated in Angul in the presence of district Collector Basanti Kisan at the district headquarters.

[caption id="attachment_531278" align="aligncenter" width="750"]Utkala Dibas was also celebrated in Angul in the presence of district Collector Basanti Kisan at the district headquarters. Utkala Dibas was also celebrated in Angul in the presence of district Collector Basanti Kisan at the district headquarters.[/caption]

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(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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