Locals Welcome New Year with a Bash

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Bhubaneswar: Grand celebrations and late-night partying heralded in the New Year as the temple city Bhubaneswar welcomed the New Year with a bash as a number of festivities were organised at many top-notch star-category hotels, restaurants and clubs.

Unlimited drinks and food were the other major attractions at a few party venues.

Thousands of devotees on Monday thronged the Jagannath Temple in Puri, to seek blessings from the lord on New Year’s Day.

Every year, thousands of devotees visit this temple to seek blessings from the lord for a healthy and bountiful New Year. In the view of a large gathering, the district administration and temple authority have made elaborate arrangements, erecting barricades to avoid stampede like situation.

International acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has come up with giant sculpture of Lord Jagannath on the occasion of New Year at Puri beach.