Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Puri: Devotion and determination have no limits. The ultimate test of devotion is how one overcomes the obstacles on the way of realising the goal.

Such a display of devotion and faith was played out on the National Highway No 316 when two visually challenged friends, who are ardent devotees of Lord Jagannath, walked from Bhubaneswar to Puri to reach the abode of the Trinity at Srimandir on Thursday.

The visually-challenged friends from Satyanagar-Banshidhar and Prashant- set out on the 60 Km arduous journey on foot with the single-minded objective of reaching their destination by braving heavy traffic along the National Highway 316 that connects Bhubaneshwar and Puri. Their wish was fulfilled when they finally made it to the sanctum of the holy shrine as the Lord wished.

"The calling was irresistible. Lord Jagannath accepts pure devotion with open arms. With his blessings we started the long and difficult journey and reached Srimandir without any trouble. Though we couldn't see him with our mortal eyes, we witnessed and felt Him through our hearts," said Bansidhar.

In their prayers the friends sought the Lord to make the world Covid-19 free at the earliest.

"Covid-19 has taken a heavy toll on population across the globe. We prayed the Lord for the well being of humanity," said Prashant emotionally.

"I am an orphan. I consider Lord Jagannath as my parents. Both of us feel overwhelmed after having the darshan of Lord Jagannath after such a long journey," he added.