Bhubaneswar : Date: 15th March 2024. Time: 1.15 PM. Congress in Odisha released its poll manifesto dot on time. The reason : the date and time considered to be auspicious for Odisha Congress president Sarat Patnaik. Former Congress president Prasad Harichandan, who strongly belives in astrology, in fact, engaged the astrologer for the purpose. Even Congress’ Odisha in -charge Ajay Kumar could not change the date.

Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan along with his wife offered puja in Kamakhya Mandir in Guahati of Assam before announcing his candidature from Sambalpur Lok Sabha seat. He and his wife Mrudula Pradhan conducted special puja in this world famous Shakti Pitha.

BJP Jajpur MP candidate Rabindra Narayan Behera performed special puja as per the advise of his astrologer. He has been wearing a tabiz to wade of bad omen. He has been told by his astrologer that he is having good times till July 2024, that means till the poll results are out.

His rival and BJD sitting MP Sarmistha Sethi offers Shakti puja to her family deity Maa. She also offers Puja to Maa Biraja the reigning deity of Jajpur in Biraja Temple and other temples in Jajpur Lok Sabha conatituency.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik Tuesday offered puja in Tara Tarini temple in Ganjam before filing his nomination for Hinjli assembly constituency.

Pranab Prakash Das filed his papers for Sambalpur Lok Sabha after offering puja in Samaleswari temple.

Abhimanyu Sethi, BJP MP candidate for Bhadrak, also filed his papers after viaiting his village temples.

BJD Bhubaneswar North Assembly candidate Sushant Rout marched to sub-collector office in a huge rally to file nomination after offering puja in Hatakeswsr temple.

As no clear picture is emerging so far is the poll out come in Odisha is concerned, candidates are rushing to temples, indulge in secret pujas, and consulting tantrik and astrologers. And these days Pujaris, Jyotish, and Tantriks in Odisha are doing overtime to make quick bucks.