Over the eons of civilization,the society has identified itself as a representation of change, continually trying to achieve utopia. It has graduated from the ranks of the establishment of social ethics,the confluence of cultural values and the attempts to create a stable present. Times stands testimony to the fact that divides arise out of inequality and insecurity it represents. Shri Jagannath Chetana being assimilated with different faiths and beliefs is the hope and ray of light that seems best suited to dispel this darkness of ignorance and can pave the way in establishing world peace and harmony in preaching the essence of "Unity in Diversity" which basically reflects in it.
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The Mystic Leela of Lord Jagannatha
At times it strikes to the minds of the devotees that the leelas (The devine performance) of Lord Shri Jagannatha are confined to the vicinity of Shrimandira only. But it is not correct. As He is the creator of this universe, He cannot be confined to the Shrimandira only. Countless instances are there to prove that He is All mighty.He is omnipresent and omnipotent. Lord Krusna appeared in the prison for the parental affection of Basudeb and Debaki. Lord Rama also appeared is the jungle for Ahalya Udhar(Salvation of Ahalya) and to take the offerings of pre-tasted fruits of Sabari(the tribal women).The Manika Gauduni episode cannot be any inferior to that of liberation of Ahalya.It is beyond all reasonable doubt and unshakable faith that the soul of this race is led by Lord Shri Jagannatha. The glorious example in the “Kanchi Abihijan”.
As per Madalapanji, the non-hindus had attacked as many as eighteen times on Shri Jagannatha Temple with a view to plunder the riches and annihilate the soul of this race Shri Jagannatha. Astonishingly a lot of famous tempeles have been grounded wing to invarious by attackers and substantially bringing their physical and environmental changes. Many mosques have come up at Ayodhya, the birth land of Shri Rama and Mathura of Shri Krishana and Kashi Viswanath temple at Varanasi. Numerous temples and idols have turned to pieces for the construction of mosques. Despite so many invasions upon the Shrimandira it has never been grounded for constructions of any mosque nor has any damage been caused to the Holy trinity. And to our astonishment it is the pastime play (Leela) of the Lord Himself. During 18 times attacks on Shrimandira from 6th to 18th century the Lord Shri Jagannatha along with Shri Balavadra,Devi Subhadra and Shri Sudarshan appeared before the favourite devotees at remote places may be purported to be Leela. The places where the deities appeared and seated became Brahmamaya as sacred as Ratna Singhasan and Shri Mahaprasad. The places have been identified by Shri Jagannatha Temple administrations as Leela Khetra during 2007 to 2009. These places should be declared as spiritually religious tourist places by the Government of Odisha and all kinds of developments including religious rituals should be made for the devotees and tourists.
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