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Feeling blessed after visiting Lingaraj temple, says Amit Shah

Bhubaneswar, August 7, 2017: On the second of his three-day tour to Odisha to give fillip to his party's efforts to strengthen its base at the grassroots level in order to meet his ‘Mission-120’ target, BJP national president Amit Shah on Thursday paid obeisance at Lingaraj Temple here to seek blessings of the Almighty.

He was responded warmly to the enthusiastic people and party workers who greeted him outside the 11th century Shiva shrine at around 8.30 am.

“Feeling blessed after visiting Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar,” Shah tweeted after seeking the blessings of the Almighty.

A beaming Shah waved at them before being escorted into the shrine by senior BJP leaders, including Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, party Odisha unit president Basanta Panda among priests and servitors.

Shah spent a good time at the temple premises amid tight security and offered flowers, bel leaves, milk, coconut water and sweets in a special puja to Lord Lingaraj, sources said. He also interacted with sevayats and enquired about different aspects of the world famous shrine.

Soon after his arrival near the temple at around 8.30 am, Shah was greeted by his followers who had gathered outside the temple to catch a glimpse of the leader.

He offered flowers, bel leaves, milk, coconut water and water to the deity, sources said. Flanked by Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and State BJP president Basanta Panda, Shah went around also visited the other temples located inside the Lingaraj Temple premises.

Elaborate security arrangements were made to maintain law and order and smooth visit of the saffron party chief to the temple.

In the afternoon, Shah will meet party’s media, IT, social media, election management committees, Ajeevan Sahyog Nidhi and office construction committees. He will also separately meet the BJP Odisha core group members today. 

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