Odisha Village Prince Charles Visited In 1980 Held Prayer Meeting As He Becomes King

by Sanjana Shenoy
Odisha Village Prince Charles Visited In 1980 Held Prayer Meeting As He Becomes King

In 1980, King Charles III visited Haripur, a remote village in Odisha’s Puri district. While he visited Haripur over 40 years ago, its residents still fondly remember his visit. So much so, that the residents even organised a prayer meeting as he became king, after the demise of Queen Elizabeth II.

Odisha Village Haripur Holds Prayer Meeting For King Charles

According to a report by NDTV, residents of Hairpur organised yagnas and chants for King Charles during his coronation. Nestled 60 km from Bhubaneswar, the village came alive with heartfelt prayers by residents at Gopinath temple. Chittaranjan Panda, a villager revealed to NDTV that the crown prince was 32 years old when he visited Haripur. Panda revealed that he met locals and also interacted with them.

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He Visited The State Over 40 Years Ago

King Charles also visited Odisha’s famous Sun Temple of Konark. The sculptures and intricate architecture of the temple left him spellbound. A district official also stated that he sipped on coconut water. He visited paddy fields and also explored Bhubaneswar’s Mukteshwar temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the 10th-century temple left the then crown prince awe-struck. So, when the locals of Haripur realised the prince had taken to the throne, they decided to hold a long prayer session to wish him good luck in his future endeavours.