Bhubaneswar, Apr 14 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today greeted the people of Odisha on the occasion of Odia New Year, also celebrated as “Maha Visuba Sankranti”.

“To all my Odia friends across the world, greetings on Maha Vishuba Sankranti. Have a wonderful year ahead. We take immense pride in the rich Odia culture,” the Prime Minister said in a twitter post.

Patnaik also used the twitter handle to wish the people on the occasion of ‘Vishuba Sankranti’ and said the new year would bring happiness and prosperity to all with the blessings of Lord Jagannath.

The day was celebrated with religious fervour across the state with people distributing pana (sweet water) and were thronging in different temples. A host of cultural programmes were also organised in many places during the day, also celebrated as “pana sankranti.”

Special rituals were performed at Sri Jagannath Temple in Puri amid unveiling of new Odia almanac before Lord Jagannth, Devi Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.