Dhenkanal: The world famous Joranda Magha Mela, also known as Joranda Mela, kicked off at Joranda in Dhenkanal district today.
The seven-day exhibition and cultural extravaganza draws lakhs of devotees from far-flung areas.
According to reports, scenes from the temple will be displayed in LCD screens. Necessary arrangement for drinking water, first aid, and ambulance for the visitors besides parking, kiosk erection and timing of the Yatra have been given top priority.
Besides, special arrangements have been made to avoid traffic snarls. For easy movement of traffic, the west and north gates of the Gadi (temple) will be used as the entry point while the east and south gates will be open for the exit of the visitors. CCTV cameras have been installed at different places to monitor the situation.
It is one of the famous fairs of Odisha that is held annually on the full moon day of Hindu calendar month of Magha on Magha Purnima day which falls in the month of January or February.
It is celebrated at Joranda to remember the salvation date of the founder of Mahima Religion– Mahima Gosain.