The territory of Odisha famed a part of Kalinga of Mahabharata fame. Ashok the mouryan king of Magadha invaded Kalinga in 261 BC and this event has gone down in history as Kalinga War. The bloodshed converted Ashoka's heart and he took-up Buddhisim. The new province of Odisha as an administrative unit came in to being on the 1st April 1936 (Swatantra Utkala Pradesh ) which was once a land of kings & kingdoms, now boasts of being rich source of natural resources. Its peoples, temple architecture, classical dance Odissi, fairs & festivals, unique handlooms & handicrafts, green woodlands, rock caves, charming blue hills have always attracted by the peoples all arround the world. Its rich history & cultures, tribal lifes characterized by dance, music, rituals, festivals, hunting, gaiety and wild ways have become important topics of research in present time.

Wednesday 15 December 2010

ODIA BHAGABATA


In the year, 1500 A. D. when Sri Chaitanya entered the premises of the temple of Lord Jagannath he met Jagannatha Das and from the moment they were tied with the chord of devotion. While near Bata Ganesha, Jagannath Das was translating the text of Bhagabata from original Sanskrit and recited and explained candidly to his devotees in Odia, Lord Chaitanya was overshelmed with his prudece and embraced Jagannath Das and esteemed him as “Atibada’ really very great for his wonderful devotional sincerity. Till then Shri Jagannath Das was recognized as ‘Atibadi’. Since then Atibadi Vaishnava Sampradaya or community was born. Bada Odia Math of Puri bears the testimony to this. There is not a single Hindu village in Orissa where at least a portion of Jagannath Das’s Bhagabat is not kept and recited daily.


 ‘Krushna Arpita Jete Karma
Se Ate Bhagabata Dharma’

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