Subhas Pattanayak’s NABAKALEBARA: LEGENDS AND REALITY would help the world understand Sri Jagannath, says Soumya Ranjan Patnaik


Pictorial input: Laxmi Prasad Pattanayak

Journalist Subhas Chandra Pattanayak’s two historic books – (1) Orissa Pradesh Srustire Ganamadhyam and (2) Nabakalebara: Legends and Reality – were released in the evening of December 29 in the jampacked auditorium of Red Cross Bhavan, Bhubaneswar by eminent author Dash Benhur.


Addressing the event chaired by Prof. Jayant Kumar Biswal, editor of Orissa’s largest circulated daily ‘The Sambad’ and Chief Guest of the event, Sri Soumya Ranjan Patnaik said that, had the book – Nabakalebara: Legends and reality been published at the time of Nabakalebara, it could have become best-seller. Yet, written in English, it is well set to help the world understand SriJagannatha in the perspective of history and social evolution. It is a speaking endeavor to bring out the reality from beneath the heaps of legends; and hence, as much a book of reference, it opens gateway to in-depth research on the topic, he said.

Discussing the book, Chief Speaker Prof. Biswaranjan strongly endorsed Sri Pattanayak’s deeply researched determination that Sri Jagannatha is a deity of agro-magic, originally conceived as the torso of a mother in consonance with Bouddha Tantra, which the practitioners of Brahmanya Dharma have changed into a male deity Vishnu of Hindu pantheon to wipe out the Buddhist tenets in Cult of Jagannatha. Sri Pattanayak’s work is of utmost relevance to study of Jagannath in proper perspective, he said, citing profusely from the book and comparing the same with observations of various scholars.

Famous orator and editor of Subartta, Pradyumna Satpathy gave a scholarly analysis on Pattanayak’s other book – Orissa Pradesh Srustire Ganamadhyama (Role of Mass media in creation of Orissa). Contextualizing the book with the ongoing movement for governance of Orissa in Oriya, he strongly stressed upon use of this book as a backgrounder to the current language movement.

Both the books were offered respectively to Surjyaprava editor and author Rabi Kanungo and to Columnist and thinker Tusarkanta Satpathy by the author Sri Pattanayak as a token of Lokarpana (presentation to public). In reply to the offering, both of them spoke of the relevance the books for Orissa.

Guest of Honor, eminent poet Dash Benhur held both the books as thought-provokingly relevant, when editor of the daily newspaper Sanchar Prasanta Patnaik lauded the focus the books have laid upon Orissa’s cultural excellence in advancing the zeal for governance of Orissa in Oriya and in projecting the unseen facets the cult of SriJagannatha.

In his Presidential address, Prof. Jayanta Kumar Biswal lauded the scholarly pursuit behind both the books and their value of reference.

Political Scientist Dr. Netaji Abhinandan (Ravenshaw University), quite close to the author as his son’s intimate friend, welcomed the guests, with Chief Executive of Shabdasparsha Pabitra Mohan Maharatha initiating the event. Major Dr. Kumudini Barai proposed the vote of thanks.

Leaders of Orissa Bhasa Sangram Samiti and language activists – poet Sankarshan Parida, poet Umakant Raut and Dr. Subrat Kumar Prusty were felicitated by the Chief Guest Sri Soumya Ranjan Patnaik on behalf of Shabdasparsha. Felicitations were also given to poet Gajanan Mishra and to Prof. Natabar Satpathy in absentia for their role in the language movement.

Poet Saroj Bal graced the event by reciting his poem on magnificence of Oriya language.

Parasites activate their design: Sankaracharya invited to Bath and Rath festivals of SriJagannatha

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Government of Orissa has again danced to the tune of the Caste-supremacists in matter of SriJagannatha.

Navakalevara is a great chance to tell the world that Buddha was a son of the Oriya soil whom the founder of Vajrayan Acharya Indrabhuti had consecrated as Sri Jagannatha.

This could have helped innumerable Buddhists of the world to locate the real birthplace of Buddha and Orissa could have got back her unique position as fountainhead of Buddhism.

But, unfortunately Orissa is running under a person, who has no affinity for the people of Orissa. He is a chance Chief Minister whose only passport to power has remained his ability to show himself as the son of his father. He is running Orissa by his father’s name with the help of a sturdy gang of sycophants and self-seekers, who, through their collective exploitation have pushed the people into such pusillanimity that they do not dare to go against him in the polling booths. Orissa is now a laboratory of nullification of democracy where there is a chief minister who is convinced that as long as official welfare projects are named and renamed after his father, the inane people dependent on opiates like one-rupeean-rice shall continue to vote for him and his raj as the son of his father, not as the leader of the people, shall stay strong. This man is alway ready to stay with the fellows that have the ability to misguide the people in any manner, so that exploiters and parasites should be satisfied and pleased. In the grip of this man Orissa has become such a confused place that the world’s sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists and political scientists would have to works hard to know how a majestic people became rotten within a period of one and a half decades.

Taking full advantage of this sordid situation, the caste-supremacists have activated their design to keep SriJagannatha under their cover so that the world cannot know him as Buddha and Orissa as the fountainhead of Buddhism.

There are parasites galore in present day Orissa who live gorgeous life without doing any labor to justify their living. Caste-supremacist culture authenticated by Sanatan Hindu Dharma, which Sankaracharya propounds, suits them the most. So, they are eager to see that Sankaracharya, whom people of Orissa, when they were heroic, had finally ousted from Jagannatha system by deracinating Adi Sankara’s statue from the RatnaSinghasana of SriMandira during the time of Gajapati Divya Singh Dev in 1790s along with the statue of his first chela Padmapada – the first predecessor in the Math of the present Sankaracharya, is allowed to have his hegemony in the affairs of SrJagannatha.

Thus, when the chief administrator of the temple is a man of the caste-supremacist caste, the present Gajapati Dibya Singh Dev led a team of fellows who do not sweat in earning their livelihood, to invite the Sankaracharya to the Snana Mandap and the chariot of SriJagannatha during the car festival, even though, as we have discussed earlier, he is an anathema to cult of Jagannatha.

There was no necessity of inviting him. Nobody invites the innumerable devotees to the car festival of Jagannatha. If he has any real affinity for SriJagannatha, he could have attended the car festival like the other devotees, and stayed away from touching the body of the deity as true devotees who dare the scorching sun and tormenting weather to have the deity’s darshan on the car, stay away from riding the Rath and touching the body of the deity.

But that is not to be. The parasites want to project him as the authority over SriJagannatha, in order to show the world that SriJagannatha is not Buddha of Oriya origin, but Vishnu of the caste-supremacist Hindus.

Sri Jagannatha is to be saved from parasites, if uniqueness of the Oriyas is to be saved.