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Annals and Antiquities of the Temple of Jagannatha

Durga Nandan Mishra (Editor)
Synopsis The Temple of Jagnnatha occupies a unique place in our rich but divergent culture, It is a wonder that it has withstood the vicissitudes of time for several centuries with incredible resoluteness. True to its title, this book deals with the antiquities as well as other pertinent issues. reader interested to know about the past history of this shrine will not be disappointed e.g., as regards the different seva, it mentions the ones prevalent during the rule of Gajapati Anangabhima dev II in the 13the Century. It may be reiterated that there is a virtual continuity in the observance of the rituals and festivities in this great shrine of Visnu as evidenced from the narrations of Abul Fazl (Ain-I-Akbari, 1580 A.D.) that "The three images (Jagannatha triad) are washed six times every day and freshly clothed … and each time large dishes of food are brought out for the images so that twenty thousand  people partake the Prasad. " Religion and statecraft have existed in close proximity elsewhere and Orissa is no exception. During the reign-period of different dynasties, jagannatha Has played a significant role. The waxing and waning of their influence were determined by their attitude towards the shrine. The readers are reminded that this book was written seventy-six years ago and it is being published for the first time,. The Author has all along been balanced in his description of the various aspects of the shrine. He has solicited the readers to point out the inherent deficiencies and suggest measures to improve upon the work. But he is no more and n the meantime, the profile of readers has also changed. His effort to present a comprehensive account of the origin of the Temple, its control by alien rulers, the portrayal of some interesting anecdotes, its rituals, architecture and sculpture is indeed a very laudable one.
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About the author

Durga Nandan Mishra

Durga Nandan Mishra (b. 1952) was in the Orissa state civil service before joining lectureship in 1980. He did his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and has a degree in Law. He has several research articles to his credit and has avid interest in numismatics. He is currently working as a Reader in Psychology under the Orissa Government; and writing a book on late Vaidyaratna Maguni Misra Brahma.

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Bibliographic information

Title Annals and Antiquities of the Temple of Jagannatha
Format Hardcover
Date published: 12.10.2007
Edition Reprint
Publisher Sarup & Sons
Language: English
isbn 8176257478
length xii+22p., Figures; Plates; Appendix; Index; 25cm.