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Ramakanta Biswas

Puri: Puri Gajapati Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb on Saturday asserted that every possible step will be taken for the all-round development of Lord Jagannath temple.

The Gajapati was responding to a letter of DharmendraPradhan in which the Union Minister had urged to the former to launch and lead a fundraising drive for Srimandir in the lines of Nidhi Samarpan Abhiyan for Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

“While expressing my gratitude for your valuable suggestions and support, I wish to assure you on behalf of Shri Jagannatha Temple Managing Committee as well as myself personally, that we will sincerely take every possible step for the all-round development of Shreemandira and Shreekshetra in the interest of countless devotees around the world and for reviving the pristine glory of our ancient cultural heritage,” Gajapati wrote in his letter.

The king also emphasised that historical undertaking requires the whole-hearted support of both State and Central government as well as devotees in Odisha and around the world.

“I have no doubt that this will be possible since, as our history has shown, there can be no greater unifying and rallying force than the call to serve the Lord Supreme,” he said.

He further stated that the State Government has initiated Shreemandira Parikrama and several other development projects with the objective of transforming Shri Jagannatha-dhama Puri into one of the foremost religious, spiritual and cultural centres of the world.

(Edited Suryakant Jena)

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