Bhubaneswar: The second edition of the State Book Festival ‘Akshara’ was inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Exhibition Ground here on Friday.

The festival is being hosted by the Department of Odia Language, Literature, Govt. of Odisha in association with Rajdhani Book Fair, Ekamra Book Festival and Kalinga Book Fair & Publishers’ & Book Sellers’ Association.

The festival has over 500 stalls selling a variety of books for all age groups and will remain open till December 16.