Puri: The 11th-day death ritual ceremony of former Minister and Pipili MLA Pradeep Maharathy was held across 46 gram panchayats under Pipili and Delang block of Puri district on Wednesday.
On this occasion, Odia Jatra (opera) item girl Rani Panda along with local leaders distributed ‘Abadha’ and clothes to the poor families at Teispur and Patanaikia under Pipili block of the district.
“I hope that Maharathy sir will bestow his blessings upon me from heaven. This is not a political stunt. As I consider him as my teacher and love and respect him as a person with an open heart. Therefore it is my small attempt to pay my ‘Gurudakshina’ to him,” said Panda.