The Union Minister also appealed the Odia people and the devotees of Lord Jagannath to contribute in cash or kind for the ongoing development projects of the Srimandir and the Jagannath dham.
“Lord Jagannath is the centre of faith for all Hindus. It is our collective responsibility to work towards the development and promotion of the Jagannath Culture—which is synonymous with the belief and identity of all Hindus across the globe, including 4.5 crore Odias in Odisha,” Pradhan tweeted.
“Privileged to do my humble bit by donating Rs 1 lakh to the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration for the development of Sri Mandir and Sri Kshetra. Appeal my Odia brothers and sisters and all devotees of the Lord to join hands for this holy cause,” read his tweet.
The Union Minister further said that the Narendra Modi Government is committed to the overall development of Puri. The Modi government has allocated Rs 175 crore for overall development of Shrikshetra Puri as well as the transformation and livelihood of the people of the holy city.
Pradhan also dedicated a community centre at Jhadeswari club here and attended several programmes in the city.
Puri MLA Jayant Sarangi, Brahmagiri MLA Lalitendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra and several BJP leaders from the State accompanied Pradhan during his visit to the city.