JAJPUR: Bhaskar Chandra Nayak, a non-resident of Odia, has pledged to donate Rs 1 crore towards the construction of a Jagannath temple in his home village in Jajpur district of Odisha. A doctor by profession, Bhaskar hailing from the village of Jagatpur under Jajpur Block, is currently based in the United States.
While three villagers – Satrugna Pradhan, Bijay Kumar Pradhan and Ajay Pradhan – donated the land needed to build the temple and the surrounding wall, Bhaskar pledged Rs 1 crore for the purpose. Together with his wife Indrajita, he performed the Bhumi Puja (dedication ceremony) for the temple on Thursday.
Reminiscing about his childhood, Bhaskar said he was an ardent devotee of Lord Jagannath just like his father. “I still remember how my father took me to Puri Jagannath temple by carrying me on his shoulder when I was a child. I had a dream to build a Jagannath temple in my home village and the dream came true. done after the bhumipujan for the shrine was done,” he said, adding that construction work had already started.
Bhaskar said that everything he had achieved in life was due to the grace of Lord Jagannath and thanked all the villagers for supporting him in his endeavours. The villagers of Jagatpur rejoiced on this occasion.
We did not expect that one day a Jagannath temple would appear in our village. But a native of the village residing in America realized it. We are proud of Bhaskar,” said villager Rabindra Pradhan.
This will be the second such temple built by Bhaskar. Previously, he had built a Jagannath temple in America to spread the culture and tradition of Odia there.