The three-day long world famous Joranda Mela kicks off with spiritual fervor in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district today. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is likely to join the inaugural ceremony.
Beginning on Magha Purnima, the festival is observed to mark the day of salvation of Mahima Gosain in Sunya Mandir at Joranda.
A huge number of devotees, monks and pilgrims from other states including Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand and neighbouring countries of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet have thronged the Mahima Gaadi to participate in the Mahakumbh of Mahima sect.
Joranda Mela is exclusively a mass prayer of ascetics for the welfare of the world. It is aimed at spreading the message of love and humanity.
This apart, a trade fair has been set up to showcase and sell local produces. More than 2,000 traders are participating in it.
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