Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Apr 8:
Thousands of devotees in Odisha’s capital city thronged different temples today to observe the auspicious Ram Navami, the birthday of Lord Ram and offer their prayers and ‘bhoga’.
The Ram temple here wore a festive look today. Amid chanting of hymns and bhajans in praise of Lord Ram, devotees queued up in large numbers to have a darshan of the idols of Lord Ram, Laxman and Maa Seeta which were decorated with flowers on this auspicious occasion.
The temple’s manager Mahavir Prasad Sharma said the temple door opened at around 4.30 am morning and at around 5 am Magala Alati was observed, followed by darshan for which hundreds of devotees had waited at the temple since 4 am. Rituals like Srungar Alati, Ramcharitra Manas, Nabanha Parayana Purnahuti, Homa yagyna, Puspanjali and Pahada were observed till 1.30 pm, Sharma said.
The police had made elaborate arrangements to ensure the celebrations pass off peacefully and without a hitch.
To ensure smooth darshan of Shri Ram, brother Laxman and Maa Sita at the Ram Mandir here, the Commissionerate Police has set up a six-layered barricade system for the devotees’ entry into the shrine.
Kharvela Nagar police station Inspector-in-charge Nihar Ranjan Pradhan said to control such huge crowd and check any untoward situations to happen, 3 platoons of police forces were deployed shift wise. 15 ASIs, three inspectors, one ACP were also put into service to assist the police personnel supervised by an Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in rank.
The roads leading to the Ram temple witnessed traffic jams in the afternoon due to the congregation of a huge crowd around the temple, causing inconvenience to the public. This police had a difficult time restoring normal traffic at the Ram Mandir square.