Kandhamal: Residents of Chakapada and Jalespeta observed the 10th death anniversary of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati at Jalespeta ashram on the occasion of Janmashtami on Sunday.
Swami Laxmanananda was assassinated inside his ashram at Jalespeta on August 23, 2008 during Janmashtami celebrations. Four of his disciples, including a boy, were also killed in the gunfire.
Hundreds of people gathered to pay homage to Swami Laxmanananda. The Jila Viswa Hindu Parishad celebrated this day as “Balidan Diwas”.
Swami Laxmanananda Shraddha Committee arranged various programmes on this occasion. A peaceful rally and prayer sessions were also held to pay homage to the seer.
Security has been tightened in the area to avoid any untoward incident.