BHUBANESWAR: Happiness of Soumendra Mohanty (52) knew no bounds after he came to know that a special gallery will be put up for differently-abled devotees .
Puri district administration has decided to put up an independent gallery over Jagannatha Ballav Matha along the Badadanda for persons with disabilities.
The polio-stricken government employee is a staunch devotee of lord Jagannath and visits Rath Yatra every year.“I experience so much trouble to get a darshan of deities during the Rath Yatra as there is no help for people with disabilities.
“The independent gallery will be accessible only for persons with disabilities to ensure safe and hassle free darshan.
The annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath is scheduled to be observed on July 14 this year.Besides the special gallery, free eco-friendly electric vehicle services between Jagannath Ballav Math and Jagannath Temple have also been launched for persons with disabilities and senior citizens by Nalco.“For the last two years we have been taking persons with disabilities to witness Rath Yatra in coordination with other voluntary organisations.
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