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Bhubaneswar is the capital of the State of Orissa, south of Bengal in eastern IndiaBhubaneswar is known as the City of Temples, with over 400 in and around itThe annual Rath Yatra festival is one of the main events in the Hindu calendar. Pilgrimage centre, Puri, is only forty miles away.The Dhauligiri Shanti Stupa (Peace Temple) is a few miles outside Bhubaneswar.
The Daya River runs through the countryside. Ninety per cent of Orissa's population of fifty million live in rural areas.The rice harvest.Groundnuts (peanuts) are dried and sold on the streets of the villages.Village life revolves around the pond.
The L V Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar (BLVPEI) was opened on 3rd July, 2006. On its second anniversary the Miriam Hyman Children's Eye Care Centre was inaugurated. It is on the ground floor, to the right of the entrance.Speakers at the inaugural ceremony of the Miriam Hyman Children's Eye Care Centre, 3rd July 2008.Esther lit one of the four wicks of the inaugural candle, in front of the MHCECC plaque.Reema Helan, Rehabilitation Specialist at the MHCECC, assesses the MHCECC's first official patient on 4th July, 2008. The parents are included in every stage of the assessment.
Examination and diagnostic equipment comprised part of the MHMT donation.Specialist software and hardware, including a Braille printer, are in the Rehabilitation Unit.The MHCECC waiting room is welcoming and busy, with over fifty patients per day passing through it, that number rising each month.Dr Siddharth Kesarwani, Head of the MHCECC, with Esther in front of the silver oak she planted at the inauguration. Lush gardens are visible from every window of BLVPEI.