Bhubaneswar: Odisha welcomed and celebrated the commencement of the year 2019 as clock struck 12 AM today.
While lakhs thronged Puri to have darshan of deities at the Shree Jagannath Temple, many cherished the occasion by being a part of Zero Night celebrations at hotels and clubs across the state last night.
In view of congregation of devotees, the temple was opened at 12.17 AM, following which the darshan began. As many as 30 platoons of police force along with 500 officers of different ranks have been deployed in Puri and nearby tourist spots to ensure law and order during New Year celebrations.
Tourists also gathered at various sea beaches in the state, including Puri and Chandrabhaga sea beaches, to witness first sunrise of the year.
Greeting people on the New Year, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wished ‘happiness and prosperity’ for everyone on the occasion.
ନୂତନ ବର୍ଷରେ ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କୁ ହାର୍ଦ୍ଦିକ ଶୁଭେଚ୍ଛା ଓ ଅଭିନନ୍ଦନ। ମହାପ୍ରଭୁ ଶ୍ରୀ ଜଗନ୍ନାଥଙ୍କ କରୁଣାରୁ ଏବର୍ଷ ରାଜ୍ୟବାସୀଙ୍କ ପାଇଁ ସୁଖ, ସମୃଦ୍ଧି ଓ ପ୍ରଗତିର ବର୍ଷ ହେଉ। pic.twitter.com/0mbFRDU4h2
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) December 31, 2018
Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik wished one and all through a sand art at the Puri sea beach with a message regarding pollution free and sustainable environment.
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) December 31, 2018