9 Jul 2020

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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* Before publishing all these photos anywhere, please take his permission.

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

* This blog is written by Amarnath Patra and all photographs are taken by him.
* All photo rights are reserved to the original photographer.
* We have published this blog with his permission and before publishing anywhere any using these photos, you have to take the permission of the Author.

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.

14 Jun 2020

The Story of Raja Parba

Do you know the story behind the Raja Parba? It's a three days festival including two more days for preparation and the Basumati Snana.

It is believed that the mother Earth undergoes menstruation during the first three days. Menstruating woman means Rajaswala, from where the Raja word came.

People say, this festival is for women or girls, but it's for each and every Odia people. All enjoy in these three days. Yes, with some legends, girls and woman doesn't work in these three days and doesn't touch the earth in bare feet.

Raja Parba is a festival of happiness. People eat different types of sweets, pitha, fruits like Mangoes, Jackfruits, etc. And Raja Doli is the best thing about this festival.

Today we would discuss on,


Jackfruit (ପଣସ)

Jackfruit

This is the season of Jackfruit and this festival has a high demand of Jackfruit. I really don't know why and when people started eating this one. But, in these three days, women and girls don't work at home and for that, maybe people started eating fruits like Jackfruit in these three days.
Khaja Panasa

Mango (ଆମ୍ବ)

Like the jackfruits, it's the season of Amba also. And maybe people eat this fruit, how they started eating Panasa on Raja.
Raja Amba
A few days, back I went to my old house in our village. There the neighbor sister-in-law had given these mangoes to me. And the image below is a click from the Bhadrak market which I had clicked on the Paniana days, which is the preparation day of Raja Parba.
Mango Market in Odisha

Litchi (ଲିଚୁ କୋଳି)

Now-a-days, people love to match their lifestyle in this new era. And the new era demand is for the litchi.
Lichu Koli

Poda Pitha (ପୋଡ଼ ପିଠା)

Poda Pitha is the main food in Raja Parba. Poda Pitha could be stored for days, maybe this is the reason to eat Podapitha in Raja. It could be easily stored for 3 days.
Raja Poda Pitha

Raja Pana (ରଜ ପାନ)

Pana or Khilipana is considered another main thing of Raja Parba. Usually, people offer Pana after the meal in various occasions like Marriage, Thread Ceremony, etc.
Raja Pana
Some people also eat Pana after their meal, but some chewing it every time. This is considered a happiness symbol. And with the happiness of Raja Parba, people use to chew this.

Further Reading...

25 May 2020

pancharatha-temple-subarnapur

Pancharatha Temple (Odia: ପଞ୍ଚରଥ ମନ୍ଦିର) is a Hindu temple in Sonpur district. It's a highly revered shrine in Odisha.

This beautiful temple, constructed in a chariot size, which resembles the Sun Temple, Konark. Here Pancharatha means five carts.

As many as five temples are built upon a single platform here. The idols of Lord Siva, Ganesh, Kartikeya, and Rishava along with Goddess Shakti aka Parvati are worshipping here.

The most noteworthy feature of the temple is that the idol of Lord Ganesh faces east; generally in all Shiva temples the idol faces south. It is believed that Pancharatha Temple was built by King Birmitra Singhdeo to commemorate the death of his son Prince Somobhusan. But still, the researchers are working on the history of the temple.

Here we have some photos of the Pancharatha Temple captured by Chandrakar Liman Sir.

pancharatha

pancharatha-temple-view

pancharatha-side-view

pancharatha-front-view

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