Bhubaneswar, Nov 22 (IANS) Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das, accompanied by his wife, visited Jagannath temple in Odisha’s Puri on Monday morning.
Das offered prayers to Lord Jagannath and his sibling deities in the main temple and then visited a few sub-shrines including Mahalaxmi, Maa Bimala and Bata Ganesh in the Jagannath temple complex, officials said.
Speaking to media persons in Puri, the RBI Governor said: “I am visiting the temple after almost six years. I and my wife feel fortunate to have had darshan of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Maa Subhadra.”
The country had to go through a very rough phase due to the Covid-19 pandemic and now all feel that the pandemic is at its last stage, he said, adding, “We hope that the entire country will overcome the situation with the blessing of Lord Jagannath.”
Das, a retired IAS officer from Odisha, was appointed as RBI Governor in 2018 and recently, his tenure was extended by three years. He is the first Odia to be appointed to the top post in the RBI.