Bande Utkala Janani: President, PM, Governor & CM Greet People Of Odisha

Bhubaneswar: President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Odisha Governor Raghubar Das, and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday wished the state on Utkala Dibasa, which is celebrated on April 1 every year to remember its formation after a long struggle of over three centuries.

On April 1, 1936, marked the beginning of a new journey for Odisha, separated from Bengal and Bihar, under the British rule. The state was once part of Kalinga ruled by emperor Ashok, and later by Kharavela, remembered as a conqueror and the champion of Jainism, before Mughals invaded and wrested it.

It is also known as Odisha Foundation Day and Bishuva Milan.

“…Odisha is known for its vast natural wealth and rich cultural heritage. The resilient people of this state have made great contribution in the development of Odisha and the country. Odisha has produced many icons over the centuries, including several makers of modern India. May Lord Jagannath bless the state and its people with greater success and prosperity,” the President posted on X. 

“Wishing everyone a very Happy Utkala Dibasa! This day reminds us of the rich culture and heritage of Odisha and its dynamic people. The state has made a rich contribution to national progress. I pray for the success and prosperity of the people of Odisha,” PM Modi wrote in Odia language.

Odisha Governor Raghubar Das also greeted the people of the state. “My greetings to the people of Odisha, the sacred land of Jagannath Mahaprabhu, nestled in the lap of natural resources and beauty, cherished cultural heritage, the land of heroes, on its foundation day. I call upon all to be committed to transform Odisha into a prosperous and developed Odisha,” the governor said in a post on X.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a post on X said, “Odisha is writing a glorious history in all fields. Odisha has become prosperous due to the commitment of every Odia. In keeping with this era of transformation, the idea of creating a ‘developed Odisha’ is the idea of Odia. On this ‘Odisha Day’. Let us strengthen our Asmita and Swaviman and move forward towards building ‘Developed Odisha’ #OdishaDibasa.”

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