Family and Kovind go to the Jagannath Temple

President Ram Nath Kovind landed in Bhubaneswar on Saturday to begin a two-day trip around the state. After the Indian Air Force (IAF) special aircraft carrying Kovind and his family members landed at 2.25 pm, Governor Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik met Kovind at the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA). At the airport, along with the governor and chief minister, other authorities included DGP Sunil Kumar Bansal, chief secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, and others. At 2.50 pm, Kovind, his family, and the governor boarded the IAF MI17 chopper and took off for Puri. The helicopter touched down at Talabania Helipad in Puri Town after a short while. Other key government officials besides the governor welcomed the President at the helipad. Kovind’s carcade traveled to Puri Raj Bhavan, where lodging was prearranged for him. The plan called for Kovind and his family to arrive at the Jagannath Temple about five o’clock. The President was brought to the garbha griha (sanctum sanctorum) by his family servant Narayan Gochhikar and others to receive a darshan of the twin deities. Gochhikar claimed that on October 10, 1947, the President’s father had visited the temple. When he noticed his father’s signature on the visitor’s note, he was delighted. We have hung a red sacred flag in the president’s honor atop the temple.

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