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50 pc grant to Mansarovar pilgrims

CALLING UPON the people to avail benefit of the Government?s offer of 50 per cent grant on journey to Lord Shiva?s abode Kailash-Mansarovar, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today inaugurated the three-day Bhojpur Utsav held on the premises of ancient Lord Shiva Temple here tonight.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 16:26 IST

CALLING UPON the people to avail benefit of the Government’s offer of 50 per cent grant on journey to Lord Shiva’s abode Kailash-Mansarovar, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today inaugurated the three-day Bhojpur Utsav held on the premises of ancient Lord Shiva Temple here tonight.

Renowned danseuse Anuradha Thakur from Delhi and eminent musician Ravindra Jain from Mumbai presented their enthralling programmes on the occasion. Addressing the gathering, the CM said the Government had decided to give 50 per cent grant to people on journey to Kailash-Mansarovar, as it had done for the Muslims for facilitating their Haj.

He urged people to pray to Lord Shiva when they reach Kailash-Mansarovar that He should shower His blessings on Madhya Pradesh, so that it could emerge out of BIMARU states’ category.

He said Bhojpur Utsav was started during the then chief minister Sunderlal Patwa’s tenure. It was Patwa who imposed a ban on slaughter of cow progeny. Now, it was his (Chouhan’s) responsibility to carry forward the legacy of Patwa, he added.

He said the best time to organise the Utsav was Mahashivratri. However, it was held this year in June for he did not want to let this year go without the Utsav after the decision to resume it was taken.

He underlined the administrative prudence of the Parmar King Raja Bhoj (1010-1055 AD) who got built the famous Shiva Temple and the vast Bhopal Taal. The Taal, he added, was spread up to Bhojpur and Mandideep was like an island in it, he added.

He said now Bhojpur Utsav would not be interrupted. He also appreciated the efforts of Department of Culture in organising the Utsav. 

The former chief minister Sunderlal Patwa severely criticised  the then Congress government for not carrying on the Utsav. The Minister of State for Culture (independent charge) Laxmikant Sharma said so far cultural activities were mainly confined to urban limits. But now the same was being decentralised. “We want to take the cultural activities to the remotest part of the State”, he added.

Raisen Collector Arun Bhatt proposed the vote of thanks.  Talking to the Hindustan Times Commissioner, Culture, Pankaj Rag said more cultural programmes were to be organised at the small towns and villages, which were deprived of such cultural festivals so far.

This way, the rural people would also come to know the rich cultural heritage of the State, he added. At such festivals not only the renowned artistes from outside the State but the talented artistes from the State also would get opportunity to perform, Rag said.