14 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched the 'Kartik Brata' programme for ‘Habisialis’ (elderly widow devotees who observe Kartik Brata at Sri Jagannath temple during the holy Hindu month of Kartik) at Puri through video conferencing from the Lok Seva Bhawan here.
This year arrangements have been made in Puri to accomodate a total of 3,000 Habisialis in three locations.
While arrangements have been made to house 900 Habisialis at the Railway Tourist Complex, 600 are being accommodated in the Municipality Kalyan Mandap.
Similarly, 1,500 Habisialis would be housed at the newly constructed Habisiali Kendra at Narendra Kona.
Though this Kendra has not been officially inaugurated, adequate arrangements have been made for the comfortable stay of the Habisialis.
Three buses have been deployed to carry Habisialis from the Railway Tourist Centre to the Jagannath temple and vice versa.
It may be mentioned here that as of today 2,577 Habisialis have registered themselves for the programme and 2,183 of them have already accomodated themselves at different Kendras and have started their rituals (brata).
As many as 500 government officials and staff, 120 volunteers of 'Youth For Better Puri' and 60 members of the Red Cross have been deployed for facilitating and safety of Habisialis.
Under the programme which was started in 2016 all arrangements are made for the comfortable stay and practice of Kartik Brata by the Habisialis which also includes serving of 'Mahaprasad', serving of fruits on ekadasi and holding of pala, daskathia and prabachan in the evening.