Puri: President Ramnath Kovind, who is on a two-day visit to the State, reached the Shree Mandir on Sunday morning and offered prayers to the siblings deities along with the First Lady.
Accompanied by his wife, Savita Kovind, the President reached the temple at around 7.30 am and had a darshan of Lord Jagannth, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra atop the Ratna Singhasan.
Puri Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb welcomed the President near the Lion’s Gate with a bouquet.
Later, the servitors welcomed Kovind by offering Khandua patta. Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Revenue Minister Maheswar Mohanty, Puri Collector Aravind Agarwal and Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Chief Administrator Pradeep Kumar Jena were also present during the occasion.
“The President first visited the Jagannath temple through the Baisipahacha following which he visited the Mukti Mandap and then paid his reverence at Bimala temple and the Mahalaxmi temple,” said Madhusudan Sinhari, servitor at Lord Jagannath’s Ratnasinghasan.
Kovind came out of the 12th century shrine at around 8.20 am. Later, Kovind attended the centenary celebrations of the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan in Puri.
The President is scheduled to visit Bhubaneswar where he will grace the convocation of IIT, Bhubaneswar as well as inaugurate the ICT-IOC (Institute of Chemical Technology –Indian Oil Corporation) Bhubaneswar campus.
He will also lay the foundation stone for the Skill Development Institute of Oil PSUs, before returning to Delhi on Sunday.
On Saturday, Kovind arrived at the Bhubaneswar airport at 10.25 am from where he was taken to Cuttack by road amid tight security.
The President commenced his engagements by paying tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at his birthplace.
Kovind then reached at Anand Bhawan Museum and Learning Centre and dedicated it to the people of Odisha as well the nation.
He also visited inside the Anand Bhawan where he stayed for nearly half-an-hour.
Later in the day, Kovind also delivered the third foundation day lecture at the National Law University in Cuttack. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Governor Jamir, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also attended the function. The President then left for Puri for a night stay.