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Jaya Jagannatha! – The Culture and Worship of Lord Jagannatha – East and West
A detailed and inspiring history of Lord Jagannatha’s worship, starting with Yudhisthira Maharaja’s reign in 3089 B.C. till modern-day New York. This book highlights India’s history and includes stories of Sankaracharya, Ramanujacharaya, and Madhavacharya’s disciple Narahari Tirtha. Lord Chaitanya’s pastimes in Jagannatha Puri are beautifully described, including His meetings with Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya, Ramananda Raya, Rupa Goswami, Santatana Goswami, the Orissan king Pataparudra, and others.
The history of Lord Jagannatha and Jagannatha Puri continues with King Prataparudra’s son’s reign in the mid-1500s and continues through the Muslim invasion, English rule, and India’s independence. The great Vaishnava and devotee of Jagannatha Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s life in Jagannatha Puri, the birth of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, and stories of more recent Orissan kings are included.
This book’s history of Lord Jagannatha concludes with Jagannatha’s appearance in America and the Rathayatra festivals held throughout the world. The wonderful descriptions and photos of these annual festivals show that the worship of this extraordinary form of Krishna thrives to this day.
This wonderful guide to Lord Jagannatha also explores many cultural aspects, such as dance, music, food, and architecture, related to Jagannatha’s worship in Jagannatha Puri and around the world. The amazing description of the Navakalevarea ceremony provides a glimpse into the rituals and worship performed during the periodical changing of the wooden deities in Jagannatha Puri.
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