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The Universal Lord, in Ancient and Modern Times, part 11

The future of the Jagannatha culture  A new turning point in history has finally presented itself with the increasing global interest towards the resurgence of ancient cultures, paganism and natural religiosity, connected with the loss of relevance and prestige of … Continue reading

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The Universal Lord, in Ancient and Modern Times, part 10

The dynamic nature of Hinduism In the original Hindu vision, renewed by the famous Adi Shankara in relatively recent times, all the various siddhantas or darshanas are not opposed to each other but they are  rather complementary, just like the … Continue reading

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The Universal Lord, in Ancient and Modern Times, part 9

Sanatana dharma and Arya dharma There is no doubt that for thousands of years, Puri as Purushottama kshetra has been a prominent sacred place of pilgrimage for orthodox Hindus, yet still today the region of Odisha is characterized by a … Continue reading

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The Universal Lord, in Ancient and Modern Times, part 8

The Tree of Life The concept of Cosmic Tree as the form of the Purushottama, and the festivals honoring it seasonally, survived through the ages in various regions and cultures. In the Norse culture the Cosmic Tree is called Yggdrasil … Continue reading

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The Universal Lord, in Ancient and Modern Times, part 7

Indra yatra in Nepal As we have already mentioned, the King of Nepal had an important role in helping Adi Shankara to re-establish the worship of Jagannatha at Puri, and as such his descendents inherited the privilege of an official … Continue reading

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The Universal Lord, in Ancient and Modern Times, part 6

Karam festival An equivalent of the Daru Brahman tradition is found in the Karam festival, where the word Karam could be translated as “creator, God”, the embodiment of youthfulness, whose effigy in the form of a tree is renovated every … Continue reading

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The Universal Lord, in Ancient and Modern Times, part 5

Daru brahman The Sudarshana associated with Narasimha and Jagannatha is non-different from the Jupa shakti (the “staff of power”) compared to the lightning or thunderbolt and representative of the power (or weapon) of the Deity. The concept of Jupa shakti … Continue reading

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