This was his first ‘darshan’ of Lord Jagannath at the Srimandir after the Covid-19 pandemic struck.
“I am excited to visit Puri after the opening of the shrine for the devotees amidst the Covid restrictions. All is his wishes. Jai Jagannath,” Patnaik tweeted in Odia.
The Chief Minister said that he prayed to Lord Jagannath for the wellbeing of the people of the State.
He also thanked the people who have made sacrifices for the ongoing heritage corridor in the pilgrim city.
The Central Government should remove the new heritage by-laws for the interest of the people and sentiments of the Jagannath devotees, said the Chief Minister. “Nobody can stop the work of Lord Jagannath,” he added.
His visit assumes significance as the NMA has imposed restrictions on construction works around the temple that triggered outrage in the State.
Meanwhile, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Sunday wrote to the NMA requesting to withdraw the draft heritage bylaws that might restrict the ongoing beautification and development works around the 12-century shrine.