25 Jul 2020

Custard Apple

According to Wiktionary, Neua (Odia: ନେଉଆ) is a kind of apple; the bullock's heart; Anone Raticulate. This is also called Custard Apple by English people.

This fruit is also known as Sitaphala (Odia: ସୀତାଫଳ) or Aata (Odia: ଆତ), belongs to the genus Annona of the Annonaceae family.

According to a news article on the Telegraph India, there are five fruits in this family that are edible and hence significant: The Custard Apple, Bullock’s Heart which is also known as Ramphal and Nonaphal, Sour Sop (also known as Ramphal), Cherimoyer (Hanumanphal) and Ilama. 

Neua - ନେଉଆ

The same article also says that all of these originated in America and their arrival in India is a much-debated topic. When the Portuguese came to India they brought these fruits with them, but it is likely that Neua was already growing in India by then since it finds mention in Ain-e-Akbari, the 16th-century documentation of Mughal emperor Akbar’s kingdom. It is also seen in the paintings of Ajanta and in the sculptures of Mathura.

13 Jul 2020

Kaudibala on Shrabana Somabara

Kaudias (Odia: କାଉଡ଼ିଆ) are referred to the Shiva devotees who offer holy water on Shiva Linga on the Mondays of Sravan Somvar. We also call then Kaudi Bala (Odia: କାଉଡ଼ି ବାଲା).

According to Ramayan, Ravan had worshiped Lord Shiva by bringing holy water from Ganga and all he walked in bare feet to offer that puja.

He did that Puja on Shrabana Somabara, and Lord Shiva pleased with him and pour him blessings. For that reason, devotees take water from holy rivers and walk in bare feet to the nearest Shiva Linga to offer Puja.

Kaudia on Sravan Somvar

Who offers this puja, never eat any non-veg items, onion, and garlic through the month of Sravan. They use to take water from some river by doing puja there and then, offer that water with Panchamruta Bhoga, the favorite Bhoga of Lord Shiba.

Kaudia on Sravan Somvar

Another legend from Samudra Manthan says Lord Shiva drunk all poisons from the Samudra Manthan. So, his body was burning from the effects of poison, and to make him calm everybody was pouring water on him. That's why devotees pour cold water on Shiva Linga.

Kaudia on Sravan Somvar



9 Jul 2020

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

Nilamadhava Temple (Odia: ନୀଳ ମାଧବ ମନ୍ଦିର, କଣ୍ଟିଲୋ) is very old and famous Vishnu temple in Odisha. This temple is situated near to the bank of Mahanadi, in Kantilo. This temple is present near to the twin hills with the surrounding forest.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

The natural attraction of the spot is a permanent flow of holy water from the feet of Lord Nilamadhava. Another highlight of the place is the presence of Lord Siddheswar.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

Lord Nilamadhav occupies a central position in the cult of Lord Jagannath. Even now also Lord Nilamadhava shrine is present on the right side of Lakshmi temple in Puri Jagannath Temple.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

Kantilo is situated near the riverbank of Mahanadi which comes in a block called Khandapada, in Nayagarh District. The nearest railway station is Nayagarh Town and the nearest airport is Bhubaneswar.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

It is advisable that if you are planning to come by train its better get down at Bhubaneswar station because from there you will get frequent buses to Kantilo.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

Roads are connected to Kantilo which offers regular bus services. It is 73 km from state capital Bhubaneswar and 33 km from Nayagarh District.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

It all initiated in a small cave in the Brahmadri hills situated on the banks of Mahanadi, which is known as Kantilo of Nayagarh district today.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

Here, Biswabasu the local Sabara Chief worshipped Kitung, as God was known in the Sabara dialect. According to the Puranas, the deity was originally worshipped in the form of an Indranila gem image known as “Nilamadhava".

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

The Daru Murty came much later. Located near the confluence of three rivers Mahanadi, Kuanria, and Kusumi. The temple structure is like the Jagannath temple of Puri.

Mahanadi near Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

It stands on the right bank of Mahanadi. It is called Triveni Sangam of Odisha. As there is Beni-Madhava in Prayag, so as here Nilamadhava.

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A Beautiful View of Monsoon

We Indians enjoy all the seasons and Monsoon is the season which is the loveliest one. In this season, the Earth becomes greeny. Since this season brings the opportunity for cultivation, most of us love this one.

Monsoon in Odisha

In Odia, there is a poem Barsha, where the poet describes the problem happening with the people because of summer and how nature feels that and calls the rain to the earth. Here are some lines of that poem below.
"ମହୀମଣ୍ଡଳ ଦୁଃଖ ଚାହିଁ । ଜଳ ଛାଡ଼ିଲା ତୋଷ ହୋଇ ।
ଘୋର ଶବଦେ ମେଘମାଳ ।  ଗର୍ଜିଣ ବରଷନ୍ତି ଜଳ ।
ପ୍ରାଣୀ ଜୀବନ ଜଳ ରାଶି ।  କରୁଣା ଚିତ୍ତରେ ବରଷି ।"
- ବର୍ଷା
Monsoon in Odisha

And with the rain, we are sharing some beautiful photos of the season clicked by our friend Liman sir. He had shared all these photos on his Twitter Timeline and we have published here with all his permission.

Monsoon in Odisha


Monsoon in Odisha

Monsoon in Odisha

Monsoon in Odisha

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8 Jul 2020

Chhatiabata

Chhatia Bata located in Jajpur district, Odisha is one of the most historical places in Odisha. It is situated at a distance of around 30 kilometers from the city of Cuttack. Chhatia is also considered as a major pilgrimage center because of the presence of the temple of Lord Jagannath.

Chhatiabata Welcome Gate

The temple is a superb example of modern Orissa architecture. The walls of the temple bear intricate carvings dedicated to the lord. It is associated with the Kalki avatar of Lord Vishnu.

Chhatia Bata

Front Gate of Chhataibata

People do have a belief that the Sage Hadidas who wrote Malika has his Samadhi there. Legends speak about Kalki shall come here to receive the sword Nandaka from Vaikuntha in a secret place inside the sanctum. Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra are present in the manner described, not like the Devi Subhadra in the middle. Priest of the temple says one day the Lord will leave Sriketra, Puri, and come to Chhatia. Predictions are there about Puri will get submerged into the water because of global warming and subsequent rise of water level in the Bay of Bengal. Achyutananda Das, a 15th-century saint of Orissa, had written about the arrival of the Lord in his famous book known as "Achutananda Malika".

Chhatia Bata

Prediction speaks about the Lord Jagannath Dham, Puri submerged into water and it's being said about the doomsday coming to near and its beginning of the Satyajog and end of Kalyug and the cycle continues.

Chhatiabata

Chhatia Dham is said to be the second home of Lord Jagannath after Puri People believe that one day Jagannath will come along with his brother and sister and allocate in Chhatia.

Chhatia Bata

Chhatiabata

So keeping a look at this day construction work is still going on because no one knows when the Lord will arrive. Preist Satyanada says, only when the Lord arrives, construction work in the temple will be stopped.

Jay Jagannath...

Chhatiabata Temple

Front gate of Chhatiabata

Chhatiabata Temple

Chhatia bata temple

Chhatia Bata

Temple at Chhataia Bata

Chhataiabata Temple

Odisha Tourism Board at Chhatiabata

Chhatiabata

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5 Jul 2020

Chariots of Puri Ratha Jatra

Ratha Jatra, the Festival of Chariot: Chariots of Shri Jagannath is celebrated every year at Puri, the temple town in Odisha, on the second (Dwitiya) day of Shukla Paksha (waxing cycle of the moon) of Ashadha Maasa (3rd month in Lunar Calendar).

Nandighosa

The presiding deities of the Jagannath Temple, Puri's main temple, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra, with the celestial wheel (Sudarshana Chakra/ସୁଦର୍ଶନ ଚକ୍ର), come from the temple in a ceremonial procession to their chariots.

three chariots

The huge, colorfully decorated chariots are drawn by a multitude of devotees on the Badadanda, the grand avenue to the Gundicha Temple (Gundicha – King Indradyumna's Queen), two miles away to the North. 

three raths

Description of the Chariots

The three chariots of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are newly constructed every year with wood of specified trees like phassi, dhausa, etc. They are customarily brought from the ex-princely state of Dasapalla by a specialist team of carpenters who have hereditary rights and privileges for the same. The logs are traditionally set afloat as rafts in the river Mahanadi. These are collected near Puri and then transported by road.

Nandighosa Ratha

The three chariots are decorated as per the unique scheme prescribed and followed for centuries stand on the Bada Danda, the Grand Avenue. The chariots are lined across the wide avenue in front of the temple close to its eastern entrance, which is also known as the Sinhadwara or the Lion's Gate.

Nandighosa

Around each of the chariots are nine Parsva devatas, painted wooden images representing different deities on the chariots' sides. Each chariot has a charioteer (Sarathi) and four horses.

all three chariots

 Chariot Details

Lord Jagannath

Lord Balabhadra

 Devi Subhadra

 Name of ChariotNandighosha TaladhwajaDarpadalana
 Number of wheels16 14  12
Total Number of wooden pieces used  832763 593 
Height  44' 2"43' 3"  42' 3"

amazing view of Ratha

three chariots in front of Gundicha Temple

a clear view of three Rathas

Taladhwaja Ratha

all three chariots with Puri Temple

view of chariots infront of Lion's Gate  on Suna Besha

Content Source: Wikipedia
Photo Source: SJTA Puri

N.B.: All these photos are taken from the Official Twitter Account of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration, Puri. Though this handle is not licensed in creative commons license, we are using this for informatical use only and yes with all credits.

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