I had my recent vacation trip to my native state Odisha for a fortnight from October 25, 2014 to November 9, 2014. During the Odisha trip I visited Bhubaneswar, Capital City of Odisha and different places of my native district Bargarh.
I had Darshan of Shirdi Sai Baba in Padampur Dist. Bargarh on October 29, 2014. I had the privilege of attending Madhyan Arati in Shree Shirdi Sai Mandir Padampur. I had Darshan of ISKCON temple in Bhubaneswar and Lord Nrusinghanath at Nrusinghanath Paikmal, Nilakantheswar Mandir Nilji Bhatli, Shri Dadhibaban Mahaprabhu Bhatli & Shri Shyamji Mandir Bhatli in Bargarh district during my recent Odisha trip.
I had the opportunity of historical site seeing of Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves in Bhubaneswar along with my grandson Satyajit on October 27, 2014. The twin hills of Udayagiri and Khandagiri contain excavated rock cut caves. There are altogether 18 caves in Udayagiri and 15 caves in Khandagiri hill. These caves were excavated by Kharavela and his successors in 1st Century B.C. which continued till 10th – 11th Century A.D. These caves represent images of Jaina cult prevailing at that time. We visited Regional Science Centre (National Council of Science Museums, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India) Pt.J.L.Nehru Marg, Bhubaneswar-751013 same day October 27, 2014 afternoon. We visited Physics (Motion) and Mathematics Gallery in Regional Science Centre Bhubaneswar. I was impressed with Illustrative Diagrams relating to Biophysics of Bolus Movement, Movement in Joints and Blood Circulation displayed in Physics (Motion) Gallery. I visited the Regional Museum of Natural History, Acharya Vihar, Bhubaneswar on November 7, 2014. I was accompanied by my grandson Satyajit. While visiting the gallery of Bio-Diversity, I got to know many interesting things about the natural living beings, ores and minerals. I gained knowledge about the lakes, the sanctuaries and the wetlands present in the state of Odisha. The most interesting things I saw were the skeletons of Elephant (Shankar) and Baleen Whale which were unique.
I visited one college and two UG High Schools in Bargarh district during the trip. I was felicitated and honoured as Chief Convener & Founder Member, Panchayat Samiti College Gaisilat Dist. Bargarh (Est.July 2, 1984 ) in a special function organized by Principal, Staff & Students on October 30, 2014 during my visit to Bargarh district in my recent Odisha trip. During visit to RKUG High School Buromunda Gaisilat Dist. Bargarh on October 30, 2014 afternoon I talked on America Diary based on my experiences gained in my visit to United States of America in 2013. I attended Prize Distribution Ceremony of Nab Jeeban Samaj organised by Subarna Deepa (a bimonthly children magazine published from Bargarh) celebrating Golden Jubilee of Oriya poem of Madhu Babu “Tuma pari chota pilatia”..at U.G High School, Lebidi, Sohela, Dist. Bargarh ,Odisha on October 31,2014 as Chief Guest and I talked on America Diary to share my experiences gained in my visit to United States of America with Teachers, Students & Guests attending the function.
I shared the pleasure of meeting my old professional colleagues in Odisha during the trip. I met Dr. Krishna Chandra Sith, Retd. Joint Director of Health Services ( Medical ), Odisha at Bhubaneswar, Present C.D.M.O. Bargarh Dr Prakash Pradhan in CDMO Office Bargarh, Dr Binod Bihari Naik Retd. Sr. Surgery Specialist (Jt. DHS Level II) and Dr Subal Kishor Kar Retd. Sr. Eye Specialist (Jt. DHS Level II) Bargarh in Bargarh, Dr S.K.Sahu Retd.M.O. I/C C.H.C. Sohela & Sri M.S.Mahunta Retd. B.E.E. C.H.C. Sohela at Sohela, Dr B.B.Mahanta M.O. in Paikmal on the way to Nrusinghanath Dist. Bargarh and L.A. Khan X’Ray Technician S.D.H. Padampur at Padampur Dist. Bargarh. The National Urban Health Mission was launched in 2013-2014 which has provision of selection, training and engagement of ASHAs in Urban area in the country’s march towards Universal Health Coverage. However ASHAs of Bargarh Municipality were selected, trained and engaged by District Health Mission Bargarh under National Rural Health Mission (N.R.H.M.) under my direct guidance and supervision as C.D.M.O. Bargarh 3days prior to my retirement in last week of February 2008 who have been providing health care services in Bargarh Municipality since more than 6 years. I consider this as my extraordinary achievement in providing health care service at grass root level ahead of other urban bodies in Bargarh Municipality. I was felicitated and honoured by ASHAs Bargarh Municipality on November 4, 2014 during my visit to Bargarh district during the trip.
I attended two family functions in my recent Odisha trip. I attended celebration of 6th Birth Anniversary of my Granddaughter Sanjana held on October 25, 2014 in Bhubaneswar and Annaprasanna of Abha daughter of my friend Kedarnath Sahu resident of Sohela celebrated at Nrusinghanath Temple Dist. Bargarh on November 2, 2014. I met my nephew Rajesh & niece-in-law Puspa in Bhubaneswar and younger brother Umesh in Padampur, cousin brother Dillip & his octogenarian mother Padma nana at Buromunda Gaisilat, younger sister Tanuja & brother-in-law Umashankar at Melchhamunda & brother-in-law Sudhir at Godbhaga in Bargarh district. I enjoyed the company of two kids during my 10 days camping at Sohela Dist. Bargarh in my friend Madhusudan Mahunta’s Guest House namely ‘Happy’ & ‘Bibhu’ who fondly call me Grand Uncle. I also enjoyed the company of my grandson Satyajit & granddaughter Sanjana during my stay at my nephew Rajesh`s residence and while visiting Indira Gandhi Park in Bhubaneswar.
I had a pleasant vacation trip from October 25, 2014 to November 9, 2014 visiting different places of Bargarh district & Bhubaneswar in my native state Odisha which rejuvenated my spiritual, intellectual, professional and social values.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda