Government of India is planning to release coins, stamps, coffee table books and documentaries to highlight Odisha’s tourism including the Lord’s famous Nabakalebar festival which will be held after a gap of 19 years.
India Post will release a special postal stamp and first-day cover, featuring images of reigning deities of Jagannath Temple. Besides, the state government plans to release coins on the mega festival.
“We should not leave any stone unturned to popularize the mega event, which will be observed after 1996. The state government will release Rs five lakh from the Odisha State Council of Culture for publication of the special postage stamps,” said Odisha culture minister Ashok Panda.
The decision to release a special postal stamp was taken following a demand from different quarters. “The Centre has started the process of releasing stamp and postal cover on the occasion,” said a culture department officer. Recently, the postal department wrote a letter to the culture department, seeking funds to bring out the dedicated postage stamps.
The culture department will provide Rs 5 lakh to the postal department for publishing one lakh postage stamps.The department said it would promote Jagannath culture across the country.