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Weekly Street Festival Ushers Positive Change In Puri Grand Road

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18 August 2019


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Puri: Over the last month, Puri has witnessed a gradual positive change. The Grand Old Road (Bada Danda) which is often crowded with vendors and riddled with garbage has become a cleaner and more pleasant stretch inviting several pilgrims and tourists. 

Along with district administration's efforts to make the area 'No Begging, No Vending, No Parking Zone', the weekly street festival has contributed towards this positive change. 

Pilgrims and devotees are in for a breathtaking visual treat every Sunday in Puri. The district administration's unique initiative brings together culture with spirituality on the Grand Road in Puri every week to captivate the people.

The festival draws participation of citizens, devotees, artists and students as a host of cultural activities are held. Maintaining the spiritual atmosphere in the Holy Town, performances of Sankirtana, Odissi, Jhulana Jatra katha bani, Paika Akhanada Nrutya, Ghodanacha, Yoga, Chitrakala along with Rangoli designs woo the spectators.

Besides, devotees take a 'parikrama' around the Jagannath Temple with the help of servitors to know more about the 12th Century shrine. Praising the initiative, many artists said that they enjoyed performing as there were no vehicles nor vendors and it was purely an atmosphere of art. The devotees also expressed their excitement in joining the celebrations every week.

Puri Collector Balwant Singh said, "Support of people and artists is overwhelming. The crowd has been increasing every Sunday. It is obvious that people will come out in large numbers if the environment is presentable. A Committee has been formed to finalise a name of this event and to list the permissible activities. Once that is done, I am sure this weekly cultural extravaganza will gather more eyeballs."

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Balwant Singh, Collector, Puri