Mahodadhi Arati held in Puri to calm seas

Mahodadhi Arati held in Puri to calm seasPuri (Orissa), Jan 4 : Mahodadhi Arati was conducted at the Shankaryacharya Mutt of Gobardhan Peeth here on Sunday.

The ritual was performed under the supervision of Nischalananda Saraswati.

"We consider sea as our god. If it gets angry then it can destroy the world. That''s why we perform prayer in order to calm the sea," said Srikant Ji, A Devotee.

According to Vijayramanuj Das, Mahant the ritual is performed to destroy the evil forces.

President Patil praises sand sculpture on global warming

President Patil praises sand sculpture on global warmingPuri, Dec 9 : President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday visited the Puri beach to witness the sand art based on the concept of global warming.

The sand art was prepared by internationally acclaimed artist Sudarsan Pattnaik.

President Patil is on a two-day visit to the famous Jagannath temple here.

The sand sculpture is inspired by the Copenhagen Climate summit, which being held to deal with the issues about global warming and environment.

7-feet high sand sculpture in Orissa highlights problem of global warming

7-feet high sand sculpture in Orissa highlights problem of global warmingPuri, Sep 24 : World-renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has sculpted a 7-feet high sand sculpture of goddess Durga and a burning globe on the Puri beach to draw attention to global warming.

Pattnaik used 10 tonnes of sand to create the sculpture, which took him around five hours to complete.

In his creation, Pattnaik has highlighted the problem of global warming by portraying a burning globe behind the face of the goddess wearing green leaves as ornaments.

Orissa’s sand sculptor pays tribute to 9/11 victims

Puri-beach-OrissaPuri Beach (Orissa): Sudarsan Pattnaik, an internationally acclaimed sand artist, sculpted a gigantic model of the new United States Tower of Freedom in sand here on Friday.

Pattnaik’s artistic tribute was created on the eighth anniversary of the attack.

Pattnaik created a seven feet high replica of the twin towers of the World Trade Centre with the flag of United States using five tonnes of sand in about seven hours.

The sculpture carried the message of ‘Power of Freedom’ and condemned terrorism.

Sand sculpture of Ganesha spreads awareness on global warming in Puri

Sand sculpture of Ganesha spreads awareness on global warming in PuriPuri, Aug. 23 : On the occasion of Ganesha Chaturthi and the 10-day festivities ahead, noted sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik has made an image at the Puri beach to evolve devotion and spread public awareness on global warming.

Patnaik has sculpted a 40 feet-long Ganesha and a tree on His palm alongside a message ''''Reduce Global Warming'''' written next to the idol.

To spread general awareness and make this sand image of Lord Ganesha, Patnaik and his team have used around 70 tonnes of sand.

Sand artist creates sculpture on swine flu awareness in Puri

 Sand artist creates sculpture on swine flu awareness in PuriPuri (Orissa), Aug 15(ANI): Keen to spread awareness about the dangers of swine flu internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand culture on Orissa’a Puri beach.

Patnaik has created a five foot high face of a woman wearing a masks with a ‘swine flu alert’ written on it surrounded by four pigs on each side.

About seven tonnes of sand was used to make the sculpture.

Sand artist Patnaik pays tribute to ''King of Pop'' Michael Jackson

Sand artist Patnaik pays tribute to ''King of Pop'' Michael JacksonPuri, June 27 : Noted sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik immortalised ''King of Pop'' Michael Jackson in sand on the scenic beaches of Puri, Orissa.

As tribute to the legendary singer, who had moon walked his way into the hearts of his fans, Patnaik created a four-feet high sand sculpture.

Brisk business anticipated ahead of Puri Jagannath Yatra

Brisk business anticipated ahead of Puri Jagannath YatraPuri, June 23 : Ahead of the world famous Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra or, chariot festival, which witnesses convergence of innumerous devotees from all around, local shopkeepers here anticipate a brisk business.

Shop owners and locals anticipate good profits during the annual chariot festival as they expect huge turnover of tourists this year as well.

Besides local shopkeepers, hoteliers also fetch some good earnings during the festival.

25 feet Santa Claus in Puri

25 feet Santa Claus in PuriPuri, Dec. 25 : Noted sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik has sculpted Santa Claus and Jesus Christ at the Golden Beach of Puri, to spread the message of peace during Christmas festival in his inimitable way.

Sudarshan and his group of artistes worked diligently on Christmas-eve on Wednesday to create particularly the Santa Claus, which is 25 ft high. It took 600 tonnes of sand and 30 hours of work.

"This Santa Claus is made to spread the message of peace and harmony amongst the people on the occasion of Christmas," said Sudarshan Patnaik, the sand artist who was assisted by 15 of his students in this work.

Australian doctor held for paedophilia in Orissa

Orissa on the top in terms of Communal Violence in the countryPuri (Orissa), Nov. 14 : Police in Orissa''s coastal city of Puri have arrested an Australian doctor for allegedly assaulting minor boys in an orphanage.

Paul Allen, an Australian volunteer working in an orphanage run by France''s Mary Ellen Berger, was accused of abusing orphans aged between 13-17 years.

Allen was picked up from Vishakapatam, Andhra Pradesh, where he had gone absconding since November 5, the day Mary Ellen had lodged a complaint.

Aged people worst sufferers in flood-hit Orissa

OrissaBhubhaneswar/ Kendrapara/Puri, Sept 25 : Aged people are the worst sufferers as unprecedented floods continue to ravage Orissa.

Marooned in floodwaters and having lost their shelters, the old and infirm have nobody to fall upon as people struggle to cope with nature''s fury.

Their plight remains unseen and prayers unanswered and are left to their fate with no relief reaching their path.

Sixty five-year-old Herabati of Teispur block of Puri District, a patient and is unable to move as she keeps shivering entire day, is waiting for someone to get her relief.

Rath Yatra underway in Puri

Rath YatraPuri (Orissa), July 12 : The Bahuda Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath is under way here today in the presence of thousands of devotees.

Chariot pulling, which is the centre of attraction in this festival, is likely to start after 3 P. M.

The three presiding deities Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and elder brother Shri Bala Bhadra are returning to their original abode after the conclusion of nine days of ritualistic stay in Sri Gundicha temple.

Devotees from all over the country have gathered in Puri to witness the three deities rolling in their chariots in a grand procession. (ANI)

Six killed during Jagannath rath yatra in Puri

Puri, July 4 : At least six people were killed and 12 injured in a stampede during the annual rath yatra of Lord Jagannath here today.

"Policemen have been rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. The injured have been taken to the government hospital,'' said Director General of Police Gopal Chandra Nanda.

During the procession, the idols of Lord Jagannatha, Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra, the deities of the Sri Mandira, are taken out. 

Thousands of devotees pull the chariots with the idols from the Jagannath Temple to the Gundicha Temple. For seven days, the deities stay at the Gundicha Temple and then return.

Every year, Puri's Rath yatra is held in June-July and lasts for about ten days. 

Sculpted Lord Jagannath reappears on Puri beach

Puri (Orissa), July 3 : Noted Sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik has sculpted a statue of Lord Jagannath on the Puri beach here ahead of the chariot festival better known as Rath Yatra that starts Friday (July 4).

To carve this sand sculpture, Sudarshan has used only clean and fine-grained sand mixed with water.

Sudarhsan and his fellow student-artists have carved a fascinating statue of the chariot and an image of lord Jagannath surrounded by devotees. He also used coloured sand to make the statue attractive.

It took Sudarshan Patnaik and his tem about five hours and 10 tonnes of sand to create the sculpture.

Preparations in full swing for Lord Jagannath festival

Jagannath FestivalPuri, June 23: Preparations are in full swing to put together the famous wooden chariots of Lord Jagannath in Puri for the annual festival, which is scheduled to begin next month.

Skilled craftsmen were working day and night to put together the wooden chariots.

Building these chariots is a very skilled job as these giant wooden structures resembling Biblical vehicles weigh tens of tonnes and wheels more than two meters in diameter.

The carpenters who work on making the chariots have been doing the task for generations.

Orissa’s Jagannath Temple secured in wake of Jaipur terror attack

Orissa’s Jagannath Temple secured in wake of Jaipur terror attackPuri , May 20 (ANI): Security has been tightened in and around the world famous Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa in the wake of the terror attack in Jaipur, Rajathan, which claimed over 60 lives and maimed over 200.

The decision to beef up security has been taken in advance of the annual Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra, which is celebrated in June-July, and has been going on for the last ten centuries.

Gods in Puri given sandalwood bath

Puri, May 15: Devotees in Puri were a busy lot. They bathed the idols of Puri gods with 'Chandan' (sandalwood paste) to relieve them from the scorching summer heat.

The idols were taken out of the temple in traditional gear and given bath by priests of the temple.

The grand ritual witnessed blowing of conches and beating of the cymbals. Then followed their bathing ceremony at the holy Narendra tank, which is part of a 21-day-long festivity.

Thousands of devotees and foreign tourists thronged the coastal town of Puri to witness the sacred ceremony.

Russian artists dance to Indian traditional tunes in Orissa

Russian ArtistsPuri (Orissa), Mar 5: Russian artists staged here an enthralling cultural performance based on Indian epics to strengthen cultural ties with India.

The performances at the Russian cultural evening were amateur Russian artists.

"The cultural program is a part of the series of functions to be organised in both countries as the year of Russia and India during 2008 and 2009 respectively," said Deba Prasad Das, secretary, International Congress of Peace and Harmony.

Puri, the new yoga and ayurveda capital for foreign tourists

Puri, the new yoga and ayurveda capital for foreign touristsPuri, Feb. 22 : The temple built in honour of Lord Jagannath is one of the major attractions of the coastal town of Puri in Orissa.

But now, tourists are making their way to Puri for ancient health cure treatments provided through Yoga and Ayurveda.

Yoga and Ayurveda centers are mushrooming along Puri’s beaches, and foreign tourists suffering from ailments like arthritis, psoriasis and insomnia visit these health centres.

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