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Deities worshipped in submerged Kendrapada temples

Deities worshipped in submerged Kendrapada temples

Author: PNS
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: September 13, 2011
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhubaneswar/6080-deities-worshipped-in-submerged-kendrapada-temples.html

The current floods at the Mahanadi and Brahmani river systems have not even spared gods and goddesses in the Kendrapada district.

While more than a hundred temples in almost all the nine flood-affected blocks continue to remain submerged, more than 4.12 lakh marooned people still repose their unflinching faith in their presiding deities hoping that the deities would surely improve the prevailing situation. Despite their distress, the locals have made it a point that gods are not neglected.

If one visits flood-hit villages like Shyamsundarpur, Narayanpur, Singhagaon, Gobindapur, Tunupur, Pundilo, Tikhiri, Podana, Narsinghpur and Raghabpur, he would come across the priests either ferrying in makeshift rafts or wading through chest-deep waters to perform the daily rituals of the deities of the villages.

The villagers believe that if the gods and goddesses are not worshipped, their miseries would get further aggravated.

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