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Centre urged for historical, national status to Chandaneswar Temple

Bhubaneswar, Dec 15: In a bid to boost the State’s tourism sector, BJD MP from Balasore Rabindra Kumar Jena has sought the Union Government to give the Chandaneswar Shiva Temple of the district national and historical recognisation.

In a letter to the Union Home Ministry Jena said, “Given the magnitude and religious sentiments attached to the temple and its rituals, I request the Government of India to Recognise the Chandaneswar Shiva Temple as a site of historical and national importance.”

Citing the problem occurred due to huge arrival of pilgrims at the Annual Festival of the temple on Pana Sankranti the MP wrote “The existing infrastructure in and around the temple area is not adequate to handle this annual festival. Hence I request the Union Government to provide financial and technical support for infrastructure development in this area.”

Keeping in view the proximity of the temple with the sea coast and vulnerability of terrorist activities, Jena has also asked the government to deploy adequate central forces during the festival.

In response to Mr. Jena’s request, the concerned minister Rajnath Singh has wrote back that the matter has been noted and being examined for appropriate action.

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