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Pilgrimage and Puri

Nityananda Patnaik (Author)
Synopsis The Study on Pilgrimage and Puri is an integral aspect of the larger study of Sacred Complex. Orissa is divided into four great regions of pilgrimage. These are 1. Jaipur region lying on the bank of the river Baitarani, 2. Bhubaneswar, the city of Siva temples and 4. Puri jagannath temple, the abode of Vishnu called Purusottam Kshetra lying nearly due south at a distance of 60 kms. From Bhubaneswar. Even when there was no road connection some years back, the pilgrims in hundreds used to come on foot from every corner of the country to pay homage to the Lord Jagannath. Particularly during car festival and other festivals thousands of Pilgrims used to come to Puri to witness these festivals and offer worship to the holy trinity-Lord Balabhadra, Goddess Subhadra and Lord Jagannath. There are hundreds of pilgrim guides who visit different places and bring pilgrims from these places to witness the car festivals. There are many dharmasalas and pilgrim houses located in Puri town where the pilgrims stay during their visit to Puri. The book gives a vivid account of the journey of the pilgrims from distant places and their life during their short visits to Puri. Pilgrimage to Puri is related to a story on disease and death in ancient time. But it has been a pleasant stay at Puri now after road connections were established and hundreds of hotels and lodging houses came up in Puri town. The book gives an account of various aspects of pilgrimage to Puri.
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About the author

Nityananda Patnaik

Dr. Nityananda Patnaik, a reputed Anthropologist was born in 1927 and educated in Calcutta University. He has many publications in the form of books and papers all related to various aspects of Social Anthropology to his credit. His very recent published books are 1. Sacred Complex of Orissa and 2. Anthropological Studies on Indian Societies. Some of his forthcoming books are 1. The Santal Medicine (The Santal Worldview and Indigenous Health Practices and Herbal Medicine), 2. Torch Bearers of Vedic Traditioins: Brahmin Sasan Villages in Orissa, 3. Forest Tribes of Orissa-Vo.III, The Juang of Kendujhar and 4. Forest Tribes of Orissa-Vol.IV, The Bhuinya of Kendujhar, 5. Agricultural Practices among Tribal Communities of Orissa. He has been one of the teachers in Post-Graduate Department of Anthropology, Utkal University. Thereafter, he joined National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD) as director of Anthropology. During his tenure at the NIRD, he received a fellowship from the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, where he concentrated his efforts and brought out a publication namely, Cultural Tradition in Puri. After serving for about 13 years at the NIRD he came back to Orissa to work as the Director of Tribal and Harijan Research-cum-Training Institute, Government of Orissa. After his retirement from the Government service he established his own research institute namely, Social Science and Development Research Institute (SSADRI) at Bhubaneswar which is engaged in social service, tribal development and also in research studies.

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Title Pilgrimage and Puri
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121208653
length xvi+272p., Figures; Tables; Plates; Glossary Reference; Index; 22cm.