Rawat who landed at Talabania along with his family in a special helicopter of Indian Army is scheduled to visit Army Air Defence College located in Gopalpur for an inspection.
Talking to reporters soon after offering puja at the Srimandir Rawat said he felt a deep sense of mental peace and tranquility inside the temple during the visit and prayed for the well being of all.
Later, the Army Chief General visited the 12th century shrine for darshan of the Trinity. Elaborate security arrangements were made by Odisha police for his visit to the pilgrim town.
Speaking to media, Rawat said, “I feel very happy to be here in the temple. I prayed to Lord Jagannath for the well being of my family and all Army Jawans of the country.” He further stated, “I believe in all religions; be it Hindu or Islam or Sikh. For me all are equal.”
“I sought blessings for all including me, my family, the country and our forces. I prayed the deities for a happy and peaceful lives for jawans and their family members along with safety and security for the country”, informed Rawat.
The Army Chief left for Raj Bhavan located in Puri town following the temple visit.