Category: Culture

Sri Jagannath needs rescue from felonies by Puri Pandas

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Now again a visitor to Sri Mandira, the temple of Lord Jagannath has been subjected to outrage of modesty and loot by a Sevayat. This is a national shame. But the Government is not in a position to stop exploitation of believers by the Brahmins, as political weakness stands on the way. The people must wake up to force the government to appoint qualified sevayats from any caste through public service selections on the basis of knowledge in every facet of Jagannath culture. The issue was discussed by me in a column of mine which has been placed in a compilation of my columns under the title ‘Dura Adura’. I reproduce the article here for my web visitors.

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Konark temple owes its philosophical origin to Langudi

 

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Years ago, a former colleague in print media, Shuvendu Kumar Bhuyan, had approached me for a write-up in Oriya for a souvenir he was planning to publish on Buddhist remnants of his home district Jajpur. I wrote on Langudi and how the famous Konark temple owes its philosophical origin to this splendid seat of Buddhism. The article was meant to throw new light on the creator of Konark, Langula Narasingh Dev and to raze down the concocted claims and wrong legends woven around Konark while focussing on significance of the name of Langudi. Despite reminders, he has neither sent me the copy of the publication nor has return me the manuscript. I am putting it here, because researchers on the subject may benefit from its contents.

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