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Naveen Patnaik’s Jagannath Temple Gambit Amid Ram Temple Build-Up

The Odisha authorities has invested over Rs 4,000 crore for the venture.

New Delhi:

Within the coronary heart of Odisha, a non secular and political spectacle is unfolding, orchestrated with precision by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his Biju Janata Dal (BJD). Amid the build-up for the grand opening of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Odisha has huge plans for the revealing of the Jagannath Heritage Hall, a strategic transfer by the BJD to not solely enhance non secular sentiments but additionally to outmanoeuvre the BJP within the state.

A Divine Marketing campaign

The state authorities has invested over Rs 4,000 crore, in accordance with TOI, in a monumental endeavour below the ‘Ama Odisha, Nabin Odisha’ scheme geared toward reworking Puri’s infrastructure. Central to this colossal venture is the Shree Setu, a 2.8 km bypass. This bypass guarantees to scale back journey time to the Jagannath temple from the state capital Bhubaneswar by a big hour.

The crown jewel of the initiative, nonetheless, is the Rs 1,943 crore heritage hall across the Twelfth-century Jagannatha temple. This architectural marvel contains a 75-meter heritage hall, designed with a inexperienced buffer zone, a tree-lined outer path, and a public comfort space.

Picture Politics

Away from Ayodhya, Odisha is prepping for a spectacle of its personal – a fleet of 8,000 automobiles, in accordance with information company PTI, embellished with photos of Lord Jagannath and Chief Minister Patnaik, traversing the size and breadth of the state.

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The BJD, eying a sixth consecutive time period, is leaving no stone unturned to safe its dominance in Odisha, with the BJP shut on its heels. Within the final elections, the BJD misplaced eight of the 21 Lok Sabha seats to the BJP, a setback that Mr Patnaik is decided to reverse.

Naveen Patnaik’s Critics

Many critics argue that the BJD’s non secular outreach mirrors the BJP’s playbook, suggesting an abandonment of secular values.

Some even remarked that Mr Patnaik has taken a leaf out of PM Modi’s playbook after the Odisha Chief Minister urged folks within the state to gentle diyas (lamp), blow conch shells, beat cymbals, recite devotional hymns to rejoice the heritage venture in Puri.

Past the Hall

The intricate venture entails not simply the hall however a complete redevelopment of the temple advanced.

From the modern Shree Setu to a devoted shuttle lane and an AC tunnel for devotees’ consolation, the transformation goals to ease the growing footfall and forestall stampede-like conditions throughout festivals, particularly the Rath Yatra.

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