Overview for Domain of Lord Jagannath: A Historical Study
The world is languishing in the grip of violence, unrest and distrust. The human race is in distress to reach solution for its survival. At Puri, the religious heartland of the eartwhile Kalinga Empire, still exists a cult over thousands of years that preaches humanitarian principles and amity amongst all. Equality, fraternity, justice and benevolence is the theme of the cult. It is the cult of Lord Jagannath, for ages referred to as â€˜Purusottamâ€™ (meaning the best of mankind) i.e., God universified. The Orissan life has been intermingled with this cult for centuries. Lord Jagannath is revered as the omnipresent ruler, saviour and dejure Emperor of their life, property and destiny. The erstwhile ruler of Kalinga, the Gajapati King-Emperor, is regarded as His representative in real life (chalanti pratima) and considered his first sevak or servant. It is, therefore, unique and treats all human beings as equal while God is the sovereign. The author has analysed the bygone history of five centuries depicting how the Gajapaties have been instrumental in saving and smoothly propagating the cult.
Bikram Das (Author)
Dr. Bikram Das was born at Sakhigopal, Puri in February 1921. He grew up with national movement for independence. As a student he was involved not only in the freedom struggle but associated with journalism and literature. To serve the ailing humanity he joined Cuttack Medical college at a relatively advanced age and graduated as a doctor in 1950. Subsequently he pursued his post-graudate sutides in USA and specialised in Pathology from the University of Alabama in 1954. He joined Orissa Medical Education Service in the Faculty of Pathology in 1955 and was the found Professor of Pathology of MKCG Medical College in Southern Orissa. Presently, he has more than forty books published and is well known for his novels with historical background, short stories, travelogues, biographies and popular scientific writings for children.