|Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and MEA Sushma Swaraj|
BHUBANESWAR: Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Friday here praised Bhubaneswar for its unique distinction of having rich history, culture and tradition and providing platform to business houses to do business here.
Quoting the World Bank report, Swaraj said Bhubaneswar is the best place to do business in India. The capital city of Odisha, she continued, one of the modern India’s first planned cities, home to a large number of ancient temples which stand testimony to millennia old uninterrupted flow of its culture.
Swaraj also praised the city for having number of educational institutes and called it temples of higher learning.
The Union Minister while inaugurating an international conference on maritime trade suggested delegates to visit the Sun Temple of Konark to know about the rich maritime history of Odisha. “Please visit Sun Temple, where you can see a boat containing giraffe, which shows linkages with Africa,” said Swaraj.
She told about the rich heritage of Odisha by giving example of Boitha Bandana Utsav, worshipping of the ships. “It is a practice that has been there since Kalinga days. The ships used to embark on long voyages to Sri Lanka, Bali, Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Malaya, Vietnam and also to China,” she added.
Swaraj said the festival of Baliyatra on Karthik Purnima in November is a continuation of this tradition. With commendable efforts of the State Government here, this has emerged as a major connect with our ancient maritime legacy, he added.