eNarada, Bhubaneswar, August 25, 2016
The picturesque Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) campus in Bhubaneswar had turned into a ‘mini-Mathura’ on Thursday to commemorate the Sri Krishna Janmasthami.
Though the festival is being celebrated with pomp and gaiety every year; this year turned out to be a bit special one as the neighbouring villagers joined the tribal students.
The residents of the Patharagadia village approached KIIT and KISS founder Dr Achyuta Samanta requesting him for permission to celebrate Krishna Janmasthami with the 25,000 tribal students who reside at the KISS campus. Predictably, Dr Samanta welcomed the villagers with open arms.
Following this, hundreds of villagers turned up to KISS campus on Thursday evening. The festivities began with a village elderly person being dressed up as “Nanda Maharaj” (father of Lord Krishna) and then distributed sweets. This was followed by a “royal dinner Prasadam” by the villagers with the tribal students and welcoming of Sri Krishna. A number of cultural activities including burning of crackers, folk dance and breaking of Dahi Handi pulled the crowd like never before.