President Pratibha Patil arrived in Orissa on Tuesday for a three-day maiden tour after assuming office.
Patil, who is scheduled to visit Shri Jagannath Temple at Puri and the Sun Temple at Konark during the visit, arrived by special IAF aircraft 'Raj Kamal'. Patil, who was accorded a warm welcome by Governor M C Bhandare and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, drove to Raj Bhavan following a ceremonial guard of honour.
The President is scheduled to visit Konark and spend about an hour at the Sun Temple tomorrow. Thereafter, she will have a 'darshan' of Lord Jagannth at the 12th century shrine in Puri. Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has made elaborate arrangements for the VVIP's visit, barring other devotees from entering the temple on security grounds.
A senior officer said she is expected to spend about an hour in the temple premises. At Puri, the President is scheduled to inaugurate 'Urban Haat', set up on lines of the 'Delhi Haat'. Patil will leave for Delhi on the morning of December 10.