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President has darshan at Jagannath Temple

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Puri, Sep 7
President Pranab Mukherjee paid obeisance at the famous Jagannath Temple here early Saturday morning.

“The temple was cleared of all outsiders. Inside the sanctum sanctorum, minimal crowd was ensured to enable the President have a perfect darshan. … He was happy with the arrangements,” Rashtrapati Bhawan officials said.

During his last visit to the temple four months back on April 25, the administration had to face some unpleasant moments when three priests insisted on performing the puja for the President claiming to be his family servitors.

While the administrators ensured no such controversies arose this time around, they also took measures to see that the visitors had a good time visiting the temple.

During his visit to the 12th century shine, Mukherjee took keen interest in the renovation work being carried out by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

The temple administration was hopeful that the renovation programme would be completed by the next Nabakalebara festival (formation of new idols) in 2015, officials said.

Mukherjee is understood to have expressed his desire to visit the temple then.

The President is scheduled to address a Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan function in Bhubaneswar before flying back to Delhi. (PTI)

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