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Bargarh bandh for city hospital

Bargarh residents observed a bandh from Monday morning, throwing normal life out of gear in the process, demanding the authorities turn the old District headquarters hospital (DHH) into City Hospital.


Demanding city hospital in bargarh

Demanding city hospital in bargarh

Educational institutions and business establishments downed their shutters supporting the demand. Agitated people staged road blockades at strategic locations including the square in front of the old DHH.

In another development, district planning committee chairman and MLA Debesh Acharya, who reached the old DHH at about 8am to attend a meeting with district administration officials and health department officials at the old DHH to discuss the legitimacy of the demand, had to face the ire of angry people. The MLA is said to have been detained for some time.

Ample police forces have been deployed at the old DHH to avoid any untoward situation, it was learnt.

The agitating people said they would continue their strike till the old DHH is declared as ‘city hospital’.

Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had inaugurated the new district headquarters hospital at Tukurlad (Khedipali) January 21. The shifting of all the machines, all types of equipment and beds from the old DHH to the new one started from January 31.

As of now the health facilities for in and out-patients at the old DHH have been badly affected. Protesting against this step-motherly attitude, the people of Bargarh have been demanding ‘city hospital’ status to the old DHH for last couple of days.

It is worth mentioning that the state government has meanwhile declared the old DHH as the primary health centre (PHC).

Auto Rickshaw Driver In Odisha ‘Fined For Not Wearing Helmet’

An auto driver was fined in Sonepur for not wearing a helmet.


As per reports, one Ram Banchhor of Nilabandhapara in Bargarh, who owns an auto rickshaw bearing registration number of OR-17H-5743 was fined Rs 6,000 by Sonepur RTO for not wearing a helmet and using mobile phone while driving.

What is even more surprising is the fact that Ram alleged he never went to Sonepur district. According to Ram, he only operates in Bargarh and uses his vehicle to transport goods within Bargarh district limits and never went to Sonepur district.

“I came to know about this fine only after I went to Bargarh RTO to renew the fitness certificate of my auto rickshaw. The officials said that I can’t renew unless I pay the fines first,” said a bewildered Ram.

“I never went to Sonepur, but still they penalised me for not wearing a helmet. Because of this I am not being able to renew the fitness certificate of my vehicle,” added Ram.

This is not the first instance, but there have been other cases where motorists have alleged that they have been penalised unduly. Recently on December 7, a truck driver in Bargarh district was fined by the transport department for not wearing a helmet.

bargarh dadhi bamana temple known as western odisha srikhetra

bargarh dadhi bamana temple known as western odisha srikhetra

ମନ୍ଦିରରେ ଭଗବାନ ଓ ଭକ୍ତ ଏକା ସଙ୍ଗେ ପୂଜା ପାଇଥାନ୍ତି। ଏହାସହ ଗୋଟିଏ ଥାଳିରେ ପ୍ରସାଦ ମଧ୍ୟ ଖାଇଥାନ୍ତି। ଶ୍ରୀମନ୍ଦିର ପରି ପଶ୍ଚିମ ଓଡିଶାର ଶ୍ରୀକ୍ଷେତ୍ର ରୂପେ ପରିଚିତ ବରଗଡ ଜିଲ୍ଲା ଭଟଲିର ଦଧିବାମନ ମନ୍ଦିର।

ଶ୍ରୀମନ୍ଦିର ପରି ପଶ୍ଚିମ ଓଡିଶାର ଶ୍ରୀକ୍ଷେତ୍ର ରୂପେ ପରିଚିତ ବରଗଡ ଜିଲ୍ଲା ଭଟଲିର ଦଧିବାମନ ମନ୍ଦିର।ପୁରୀ ଶ୍ରୀମନ୍ଦିରରେ ଭଗବାନ ଜଗନ୍ନାଥ, ବଳଭଦ୍ର ଓ ମାତା ସୁଭଦ୍ରା ପୂଜା ପାଉଥିବା ବେଳେ ଭଟଲି ଠାରେ କିନ୍ତୁ ଭଗବାନ ଜଗନ୍ନାଥ ଦଧିବାମନ ରୂପରେ ପୂଜା ପାଇଥାନ୍ତି।

ଏହି ମନ୍ଦିରରେ ଭଗବାନ ଓ ଭକ୍ତ ଏକା ସଙ୍ଗେ ପୂଜା ପାଇଥାନ୍ତି। ଏହାସହ ଗୋଟିଏ ଥାଳିରେ ପ୍ରସାଦ ମଧ୍ୟ ଖାଇଥାନ୍ତି। ଏପରି ଭକ୍ତ ଓ ଭଗବାନ ଏକାସାଙ୍ଗେ ପୂଜା ପାଉଥିବା ମନ୍ଦିର କୌଣସି ସ୍ଥାନରେ ଦେଖାଯାଏ ନାହିଁ।

ବରଗଡ ସହରରୁ ମାତ୍ର 17 କିଲୋମିଟର ଦୂରରେ ରହିଛି ପଶ୍ଚିମ ଓଡିଶାର ଶ୍ରୀକ୍ଷେତ୍ର। ଯେଉଁଠାରେ ରଥଯାତ୍ରା ସମୟରେ ପ୍ରବଳ ହୋଇଥାଏ ଭକ୍ତଙ୍କ ଭିଡ। ପୁରୀ ଶ୍ରୀଜଗନ୍ନାଥ ମନ୍ଦିରରେ ଯେଉଁପରି ଭଗବାନ ପୂଜା ପାଇଥାନ୍ତି ସେହିପରି ପୂଜାର୍ଚ୍ଚନା ଏଠାରେ ଭଗବାନ ଦଧିବାମନ ମନ୍ଦିରରେ ମଧ୍ୟ କରାଯାଇଥାଏ। ମାତ୍ର ଏଠାରେ ନବକଳେବର ହୁଏ ନାହିଁ କି ଅନ୍ନ ଭୋଗ ମଧ୍ୟ କରାଯାଏ ନାହିଁ। ଏଠାରେ କେବଳ ବାଳ ଭୋଗ ଲଗାଯାଇଥାଏ।

କେଉଁ ଆବାହମାନକାଳରୁ ଏଠାରେ ପ୍ରଥମେ ଭଗବାନ ଜଗନ୍ନାଥ, ବଳଭଦ୍ର ଓ ମାତା ସୁଭଦ୍ରା ପୂଜା ପାଇ ଆସୁଥିଲେ।କିମ୍ବଦନ୍ତୀ ଅନୁସାରେ 1617 ମସିହାରେ ସମ୍ବଲପୁର ରାଜା ବଳିଆର ସିଂହଙ୍କ ରାଜୁତି ସମୟରେ ଭକ୍ତ ପରମାନନ୍ଦ ସାହୁ ଏଠାରେ ଭଗବାନ ଜଗନ୍ନାଥଙ୍କୁ ସ୍ଥାପନ କରି ପୂଜା କରୁଥିଲେ। ତାଙ୍କର ଜ୍ୟେଷ୍ଠ ବଧୂ କମଳା ଭଗବାନକୁ ନିଷ୍ଠା ମନରେ ଭକ୍ତି କରୁଥିଲେ ଏବଂ ସବୁବେଳେ କେବଳ ଭଗବାନଙ୍କ ଚରଣାଶ୍ରିତ ସିତ୍ତ ହେବା ପାଇଁ ଭଗବାନଙ୍କ ଠାରେ ପ୍ରାର୍ଥନା କରୁଥିଲେ।

ଥରେ ବୈଶାଖ ମାସ ବିଳମ୍ବିତ ରାତିରେ ଭଗବାନଙ୍କ କୁଡିଆ ମନ୍ଦିରରେ ନିଆଁ ଲାଗିଯାଇଥିଲା । ଭକ୍ତ କମଳାଙ୍କ କାନରେ ଭଗବାନଙ୍କର ତ୍ରାହି ତ୍ରାହି ଶବ୍ଦ ଶୁଣାଯାଇଥିଲା । ଭକ୍ତ କମଳା ନିଆଁକୁ ଖାତିର ନକରି ଭଗବାନ ଜଗନ୍ନାଥଙ୍କ ମୂର୍ତ୍ତିକୁ ଯାଇ ଧରିପକାଇଥିଲେ ମାତ୍ର ଆଉ ମନ୍ଦିର ଭିତରୁ ବାହାରି ପାରିନଥିଲେ । ଗ୍ରାମର ଲୋକେ ସେହି ମନ୍ଦିରରୁ କମଳାଙ୍କର ହାଡ ଖଣ୍ଡେ ମଧ୍ୟ ପାଇନଥିଲେ। ଭକ୍ତଙ୍କ କହିବା ଅନୁସାରେ, ଭଗବାନ ସତରେ ଭକ୍ତ କମଳାଙ୍କୁ ଚରଣାଶ୍ରିତ କରି ତାଙ୍କୁ ଉଦ୍ଧାର କରିଦେଇଥିଲେ।

ପରବର୍ତ୍ତୀ ସମୟରେ ଭକ୍ତ ପରମାନନ୍ଦଙ୍କୁ ସପ୍ନାଦେଶ ହୋଇଥିଲା ଯେ ସେହି ଗ୍ରାମରେ ରହିଥିବା ଚକ୍ରତୀର୍ଥ ପୋଖରୀର ପଙ୍କ ଭିତରେ ମୋର ମୂର୍ତ୍ତି ଅଛି ଏବଂ ସେହି ମୂର୍ତ୍ତିକୁ ପୂର୍ବ ସ୍ଥାନରେ ସ୍ଥାପନା କରାଯାଇ ଦଧିବାମନ ନାମରେ ପୂଜା କରାଯାଉ ଏବଂ ଭକ୍ତ କମଳାଙ୍କୁ ମଧ୍ୟ ଭଗବାନଙ୍କ ନିକଟରେ ସ୍ଥାପିତ କରି ଏଠାରେ ଭକ୍ତ ଓ ଭଗବାନ ଉଭୟେ ଏକାଠି ପୂଜାପାଇବେ ବୋଲି ସ୍ଵପ୍ନାଦେଶ ଦେଇଥଲେ। ସେହିଦିନ ଠାରୁ ଏହି ମନ୍ଦିରରେ ଭଗବାନ ଜଗନ୍ନାଥ ଦଧିବାମନ ରୂପରେ ପୂଜା ପାଇଥାନ୍ତି ଏବଂ ତାଙ୍କର ଭକ୍ତ କମଳା ମଧ୍ୟ ତାଙ୍କ ସହିତ ପୂଜାପାଇଥାନ୍ତି।

ରଥଯାତ୍ରା ସମୟରେ ହଜାର ହଜାର ଲୋକଙ୍କ ଭିଡ ଏଠାରେ ଲାଗିଥାଏ ଏବଂ ଭକ୍ତଙ୍କ ମନୋସ୍କାମନା ମଧ୍ୟ ପୂରଣ ହୋଇଥାଏ। ସେଥିପାଇଁ ଛତିଶଗଡ ରାଜ୍ୟ ସହିତ ଦୂର ଦୁରାନ୍ତରୁ ଏଠାକୁ ଭଗବାନଙ୍କ ଦର୍ଶନ ପାଇଁ ଭକ୍ତଗଣ ପହଞ୍ଚିଥାନ୍ତି।

Iswar Meher, a perfectionist of Sambalpuri Handloom

It took him three months to design and weave a Sambalpuri saree which he named ‘Brukshya Debata’ utilising natural colours. The intricately designed saree speaks about the importance of trees in maintaining ecological balance.

Apart from the design of different varieties of trees, Lord Brahma, Lord Bishnu and Lord Shiva have been portrayed meditating under the trees of banyan, peepal and rudrakshya respectively on the saree. And the saree with natural colours of black and brown has fetched him `1.2 lakh. The saree has been weaved by 53-year-old master craftsman Iswar Meher of Katapali village, 8 km from Bargarh town. He is known for his craftsmanship of Sambalpuri saree and registered as a master weaver under Sambalpuri Bastralaya Handloom Cooperative Society Limited.

Iswar is a perfectionist in Bandha Kala (tie and dye), which is core to Sambalpuri handloom products. This has helped him carve a niche in designing and weaving sarees and dress materials. Having dropped out after Class-III, Iswar learnt the nuances of weaving at an early age from his paternal uncle Kunja Bihari Meher and started weaving independently at the age of 12. He has created a number of designs using both traditional and theme-based motifs and recreated them successfully on yarn.

“I have produced more than 2,500 saree designs in Sambalpuri Ikat besides many designs for dress materials. Of the 2,500 saree designs, around 300 are intricately designed,” he says.“I have designed many sarees based on different plants and trees. ‘Brukshya Debata’ based on trees is one of my best creations,” he says. The price of sarees woven by Iswar ranges from Rs 10,000 to Rs 1.2 lakh.

Iswar won the national award instituted by Ministry of Textiles in 2006 for his craftsmanship in making ‘Bahana Cotton Saree’. The design of the saree is based on different ‘Bahana’ (animal vehicle) of Hindu God and Goddesses.

Prior to this, he had received the ‘Best Weaver of the Year-2005’ by Sambalpuri Bastralaya.
Iswar has also provided guidance to 1,040 semi-skilled weavers and honed their weaving skills to help them economically. At present, he is busy creating another masterpiece saree ‘Subhra Bastra’, which is based on sloka pertaining to Goddess Saraswati, to enable him to apply for the prestigious Sant Kabir award.

Women hit streets for drinking water in Bargarh

Carrying buckets and containers, hundreds of women in Bargarh Municipality and block areas took out a ‘Pani Padayatra’ demanding clean and safe drinking water on Monday. Displaying samples of unclean water, the women demanded that all water bodies in the area should be restored and revived to maintain the groundwater level. Besides, an anicut should be constructed across Jeera river, they said. The town is reeling under acute water scarcity as piped water is yet to reach all the places. The women folk depend on a few functioning tube-wells in the area.

The agitating women said residents of Ward 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Municipality are completely dependent on a pit dug on the bed of Jeera river which flows along Bargarh town. Gulapi Suna of Ward 11 said the water from tube-wells in the area is unfit for human consumption and is reddish in colour. Similarly, residents of Ward 5 and 6 claimed that they are being forced to dig tube-wells for drinking water. The district administration should take immediate steps to provide drinking water to the residents soon. If the demand is not met, they will intensify their stir, the women threatened.

It is noted that, last month in speech, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan asked Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to provide safe water and take steps for mitigating the problem of contaminated water faced by residents of Bargarh and adjoining areas.