Contributions of Marathas Towards Shree Jagannath Culture

After the end of Mughal period the Marathas exercised their power in Orissa. Being Hindus they had a great respect for Lord Jagannath. They took a special interest in the temple dministration of Lord Jagannath. In the time of Maratha rule there was no need to shift Jagannath from the temple to a secret area …

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Impact of Islam on Odia language and literature

Muslim rule was confined to coastal districts. Odisha was far away from the Muslim Centers of North India. So although Muslims came to Odisha after establishment of their rule, their number was marginal. “Odisha was defeated but not conquered in the sense of Bengal or other parts of North India.” Yet it had its effects …

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Architecture of Sun Temple at Konark

The Sun temple in Konarka, popularly known as the ‘Black Pagoda,’ was the pinnacle of the Kalinga architectural style. It was 148pecimen in stone from an architectural standpoint. This colossal temple was built in the 13th century A.D. by Narasimhadeva I or Langula Narasimhadeva. According to legend, it took 1200 Odishan artists 12 years to …

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Architecture of Jagannath Temple or Shree Mandira

Among all the temples constructed during the Ganga period, the Jagannath temple in Puri is particularly noteworthy. As previously stated, Chodagangadeva may not have initiated construction of that temple. He most likely extended the construction of the Jagannath temple after 1147 A.D. and failed to complete it during his lifetime, as the Dasgoba inscription states …

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Sri Chaitanya faith in Odisha

Sri Chaitanya’s arrival in Odisha ushered in a new era in the state’s religious history. The Vaishanavite religion, which was already in existence, had a profound effect on the Odia people. His teachings and Sankirtan had such an effect that the people of Odisha lost their military capability. His Sankirtan had spread throughout Odisha. In …

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Pancha Sakhas of Medieval Odisha

Pancha Sakhas were the collective name for the famous five Saints or five Friends of mediaeval Odisha. Balarama Das, Jagannatha Das, Achyutananda Das, Yasobanta Das, and Sisu Ananta Das were among those present. They established their own Sampradaya by preaching Bhakti for Radha and Krishna in Odisha prior to Chaitanya’s arrival, carrying on a tradition …

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Mahima Dharma: History and Teachings

Odisha was significantly influenced by India’s nineteenth-century Renaissance. On the other hand, Odisha’s Renaissance was unique in that it grew out of a very rural environment that was uninfluenced by western education. It manifested in its own unique way in the form of Mahima Dharma in thought and expression. It projected numerous complicated theories via …

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Architecture of Lingaraj Temple

Among Odisha’s temples, the Lingaraja temple in Bhubaneswar is particularly noteworthy. It is a work of architectural splendour and is regarded as one of the best archaeological monuments in the east, perfectly evoking the Kalinga style of architecture. Between 1025 and 1065 A.D., it was constructed. A colossal structure approximately 180 feet tall that dominates …

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