SUNDARGARH / KALAHANDI / DHENKANAL / BERHAMPUR: Devotees from across the state celebrated Ram Navami with fervor on Sunday. In the Sundargarh district, the festival was held amid strict security arrangements. The devotees held a procession in the sensitive communal Rajgangpur city in the district.
The procession culminated in the Baba Talab area. According to the sources, about 30 police platoons were deployed for the peaceful conduct of the procession. In addition, a rooftop surveillance was carried out and armed policemen were deployed on top of the buildings to avoid adverse incidents.
Among others, the collector of the Sundargarh district Vineet Bhardwaj and SP Pinak Mishra were camping in the city. The Collector said that around 25 Akhada Committees participated in the procession peacefully. Meanwhile, the Ram Navami procession in the town of Rourkela will be withdrawn on Monday. Complicated security measures have been organized for it. The devotees celebrated the festival in their own way in different parts of the Kalahandi district. They celebrated the day in both the temples of Ram and the pithas of Sakti. The week of Ram Navami Mahotsav in Madhu Madhav Pitha of Dukri Chanchara concluded on Sunday.
On the occasion, the devotees witnessed Ramacharitra Patha, Nama Yagya and took a holy dip in Punya Kunda. They visited the Gudhandi cave to see prehistoric rock paintings. They also bathed in the Dokrichanchara and Bhairav Dhar waterfalls. Ram Navami was also celebrated in the Ramswami temple of Bhawanipatna. Devotees packed the sanctuaries of Sakti such as the temple of Taratarini, the temple of Kali and the Lankeswari temple of Junagarh.
Thousands of devotees squeezed into the famous tourist spot, Saptasajya, to offer prayer to the Lord. According to mythology, Queen Ratna Prava Devi had built the temple in Saptasajya in 1952. It was completed in 1957. The idols of Ram and Sita were brought from Ayodhya to be installed in the temple. After the darshan, the devotees enjoyed the scenic beauty of the place. Former Union Minister K P Singh Deo held a bid with his wife at the temple. Members of Prajapita Brahmakumaris Iswariya Viswavidyalaya, branch of Dhenkanal, organized a spiritual awareness program for the devotees.
Berhampur looked festive when pandals were erected in different parts of the city. People played devotional songs in temples and pandales. Several organizations opened kiosks to distribute free sweetened beverages to pedestrians. The devotees performed various rituals in the temples. The police personnel were deployed in crowded places.