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Historic Old House of the Jagganath Sadak

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 11:57 Written by

By;Anil Dhir 

Bhubaneswar 12th June:  One of the last remaining vestiges of the Old Jagannath Sadak, just on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, is crumbling for want of proper conservation. The Anu Patro Kothi, as it has been popularly called since the last 140 years, is in need or urgent repairs. Located in the Gadasrirampur village under the Balianta P.S., this small but grand two storied house was constructed by one Anadi Patro between the years 1880-82.  During its heydays, it was one of the most majestic buildings on the Old Road between Bhingarpur and Sakhigopal. It is just two kms away from the Sai Temple on the Puri Bypass road. 

The Anu Patro Kothi has an interesting history behind it.  Anadi Patro was a farmer who had migrated to Kolkata after the Na Anka Durbhikshya of 1866. He had set up a small business and had become successfuland prospered. He frequently came home to his village, travelling on the Old Jagannath Sadak. He was aware of the travails and difficulties faced by the pilgrims, and being a devout and religious man, he had made the house as a resting place for the Jagannath pilgrims. 

Built in a neo-colonial style, the two storied house was built by the side of the old road. The workmen, carpenters and masons had come from Kolkata. There are carved doors and windows, an arched entranceway and a huge stone paved courtyard.Anu Patro also dug a big stone lined pond and two wells for the pilgrims. A temple too was constructed. For many years it was a favourite stop for the pilgrims, and most of them would camp here at night.The original work was in lime plaster and wooden beams. 

The house was listed as a heritagestructure of the Old Sadak by INTACH during their survey of the Monuments of the Old Jagannath Sadak. In fact, it was a part of the report submitted to the government fornotifying it as a protected monument. In fact many visitors have come to see the house after it was listed by INTACH. According to Anil Dhir, who headed the INTACH team in the survey, the old house is one of the last surviving examples of the architecture of the period. Dhir said that no other structure has endured the vagaries of time like this building. The palaces and old houses in Bhingarpur are in ruins and beyond restoration. Another old house at Dandamukundpur was completely destroyed last year. A copy of this building can be found in Sakhigopal, which now houses the Temple Administrator’s office. This rambling house, is today still beautiful, but unkempt and sadly disintegrating in places.Dhir laments that many of the structures that had been listed by him have been destroyed. Just last year, the historic 180 year old Maratha era bridge at Jaleswar was demolished despite all protests. 

The Old house is in urgent needs of repair. The walls and roof are leaking, and the wooden beams are now in a precarious state. The owners had made some repairs a few years ago, but looking at the heritage value of the building, it needs proper conservation and repair to restore it to its old glory. The present owners are aware of the religious significance of the building and want to convert it as a museum. The rooms are filled with antique furniture. Once it is restored; the family will maintain it and throw it open for the public. A team from INTACH comprising of State Convener A.B.Tripathy, Sanjib Hota, Kulamoni Deo and Anil Dhir have visited the village and inspected the building. 

According to A.B.Tripathy, the house is a neglected piece of history which is in urgent need of proper conservation. He said that INTACH will take it up with the authorities to see that funds are made available for the proper restoration and conservation of the building. In fact the MP and MLA should make allocations from their LAD funds for the upkeep of the house.  INTACH will extend all expertise for the proper repair and restorationof this structure. 

Sanjib Hota has opined that the government should take steps to notify the Monuments of the Old Jagannath Sadak. The report submitted by INTACH two years ago should be published and released. The vestiges of the Old Jagannath Sadak are very important to the culture and history of the State, and are a part and parcel of the Jagannath Cult. Ignoring the proper maintenance is sacrilegious and will be a big loss to our religious traditions.

BRINGING OUR HISTORY HOME

Thursday, 17 May 2018 10:25 Written by

By;Anil Dhir

 

Bhubaneswar 16th May :  A delegation of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH)  today met   Pritam Singh, the Director General of the National Archives of India  at the Bhubaneswar Centre and handed over a memorandum  with the request for transferring many Odisha related documents and records from New Delhi.  The National Archives of India, which just completed its 125th anniversary, is under the Ministry of Culture and has a Regional Office at Bhopal and three Records Centres at Jaipur, Puducherry and Bhubaneswar. 

The  three member delegation led by INTACH State Convenor Amiya Bhusan Tripathy, Bhubaneswar Chapter Convenor Baikuntha Panigrahi  and  Projects Co-ordinator Anil Dhir met the Director General and appraised him of the difficulties faced by scholars and researchers  who have to go to Delhi to  access the records. The New Delhi office is holding many important and valuable records pertaining to Odisha, many of them have not even been listed.  In the memorandum, they specifically mentioned that the entire records of the Orissa State Agency (1917-1947) in 18 Volumes, the Balasore Factory Records and The Bengal Public Consultations in 22  Vols are of great importance, and the only copies are in Delhi.  

According to A.B.Tripathy, the lack of proper access to records and documents, both from the National and the State Archives is a big hindrance for proper research and writing correct history. He said that if the originals could not be brought, the digitized version and microfilm copies could be easily made available. He stressed that a proper catalogue and listing of the Odisha papers should be made and published as a book.  

Anil Dhir stressed that important documents like the original Will of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in which he had bequeathed the Koh-I-Noor to the Jagannath Temple should be displayed at the Bhubaneswar centre. He said that the dearth of proper records was an impediment when the history of the Na’Anka Durbhikshya was being written by him. He said that many important documents relating to the Paika Revolt too are there.  Dhir said that the India Office Library at London has the biggest collection of Orissa related papers, especially of the Colonial period including a vast collection of Palm Leaf Manuscripts which have all been either microfilmed or digitized. They have been classified under the Private Paper Series and are available to scholars on-line in the Continent and America. The National Archives of India too should make arrangements for on-line access to these records.   

According to Dhir, he has seen a huge collection of Odisha related material at the William Carey Library at Serampore, many of which are missionary accounts, Jagannath Temple records, maritime and military records and botanical, geological and zoological studies. Even the Asiatic Society at Kolkata has a huge collection of maps, papers and photographs relating to Odisha. Besides this, important Odisha related papers were lying boxed in the Tamil Nadu Archives at Chennai and the West Bengal State Archives; no one knows what they contain.   

Baikuntha Panigrahi said that the only copies of the ‘Daridra Nian’ by Gangadhar Mishra, a proscribed literature are there at the Delhi Office of the National Archives. He said that the National Archives should make its publications available at the Bhubaneswar Centre and also take up the printing of many rare and out of print Odia books. He also stressed that the Orissa State Archives too should catalogue and list the huge number of stored documents and take steps for the easy dissemination of these information.   

The Director General said that the National Archives was in the process of digitizing nearly 3 crore documents and assured that he would prioritize the important Odisha papers. Dr. M.A. Haque, the Deputy Director of Archives and Dr. Lalatendu Das Mohapatro, Assistant Director too were present at the meeting.

Our Karmic Balance That Decides Our Next Birth

Saturday, 09 December 2017 13:57 Written by


31-07-2016

OUR KARMIC BALANCE THAT DECIDES OUR NEXT BIRTHBy;Aswini Jii

Posted;rissabarta

If you believe that you are born in this world with empty hands, and you will die empty handed and your negative karmas will automatically cancel out once you die, you are mistaken. You will never find a yogi expressing such a thought, for he knows what he brings along and what he takes away when he leaves his body - karma. There is always a difference in the weight of a living person and his or her body soon after the soul departs. This is not the weight of the soul, but that of karma.

To this effect in 1901, an experiment was conducted in Massachusetts by Dr. Duncan MacDougall over six dying patients who were placed on specially made weight scales just prior to their deaths. His intention was to weigh each body before and after death to determine any differences measured by the delicate scales. The patients were selected based upon their imminent death. Once the patient died, a sudden loss of three-fourths of an ounce was noted. Everything was taken into account, from the air in the lungs to bodily fluids, yet they were unable to explain the reason behind the sudden weight loss. They concluded it is the weight of soul...but soul has no weight, it is in fact the weight of karma.

Vedas have detailed that we carry forward the karmas of one lifetime to another like a genetic code and it is our karmic balance that decides our next birth. In the Mahabharata, after the Kurukshetra war, Dhritrarashtra asked Krishna the reason why all of his hundred sons got killed in the war. To which Krishna replied that fifty lifetimes ago, he was a hunter. While hunting, he tried to shoot a male bird, but it flew away. In anger, he ruthlessly slaughtered the hundred baby birds that were there in the nest. The father-bird had to watch in helpless agony. Simply because he caused that father-bird the pain of seeing the death of his hundreds sons, he too had to bear the pain of his hundred sons dying. Dhritarastra then asked why this payback did not occur earlier but took fifty lifetimes. Krishna answered that it waited for him to carry out good deeds, and accumulate good fortune to be blessed enough to first have a 100 sons.

Today if you look around, so many animals are being killed, so many crimes happening...all of this is accumulating as negative karma for those inflicting the pain, and also those watching it happen. You will have to payback, whether in this lifetime or another. If the mighty Dhritrashtra could not escape his karma, then you cant either, no matter how much wealth or power you have. As you progress in practice of Sanatan Kriya, your past life karmas unfold in front of you and you know where you are headed. The sadhaks at Dhyan Ashram experience this routinely are working day in and day out to improve their karma. You can also do that, or wait for karma to play out.

Mahanadi’s water yield has decreased by a huge 10% in the recent decades

Saturday, 09 December 2017 13:55 Written by

30-07-2016

Mahanadi’s water yield has decreased by a huge 10% in the recent decadesReport;Bureau,Orissabarta

This is the highest among major surplus basins in India, according to an IIT Study

This puts serious question mark on the plan of Interlinking of Rivers.

Odisha and Chhattisgarh joint dialogue must recognize climate change impacts

Sambalpur, 30th July 2016 – We have always been warning that Mahanadi is no more a water surplus basin, as being marketed by governments, but a deficit basin. “A study carried out by a team of researchers from IIT Madras and IIT Bombay has now come up with a scientific analysis and found out that Mahanadi’s water yield has decreased by a huge 10% in recent years owing to significant decrease in rainfall over the basin,” informed Ranjan Panda, Mahanadi River Waterkeeper, in a press release.

Refering to the study titled, “Indian Summer Monsoon Rainfall: Implications of Contrasting Trends in the Spatial Variability of Means and Extremes” by Prof. Subimal Ghosh of IIT Bombay and team, Panda said that the decrease in yield in Mahanadi is highest in the country along with another river. Panda referred the study and said, “The study has found out that he water yields of major surplus basins, such as Mahanadi, Godavari and West Flow River–I, have exhibited decreases in recent periods. The water yields show decreases of more than 10% for the Mahanadi and West Flow River–I. For other surplus basins, the changes are within 10%”.

“This is mainly because of significant decreases in rainfall,” said Panda referring to the study. Brahmani has also faced significant decrease in rainfall, informs he, quoting the study.

The study findings say that the decrease in the monsoon rainfall in the surplus river basins, which are majorly present in the core Indian monsoon zone, may be due to the drying of rainfall in these regions during recent decades. The monsoon over Indian region is typically associated with a strengthened cyclonic circulation, with the moisture flux converging over this region. However, when the changes in mean vertically integrated moisture flux (VIMF) and wind patterns are analyzed an anticyclonic circulation leading to divergence in VIMF was found, especially in the central part of India, along with convergence in the Gangetic plains. Hence, this could be the reason for which the major surplus basins have a decreasing rainfall trend.

“This study also confirms our apprehensions about the Interlinking of Rivers (ILR) plans of the government of India”, said Panda, adding, “We have been warning the government about Mahanadi being a deficit basin already and is going to further starved of water owing to climate change. The ILR plan for Mahanadi is not suitable at all.

The IIT study says, “Our analysis also raises concerns about the suitability of major nation-wide projects related to river water-basin interlinking, in which the sustainability of water surplus conditions in river basins in response to a changing climate is not ascertained. Therefore, the water demand in a surplus basin first needs to be assessed and met under decreasing water availability scenarios before transferring water to the deficit basins. Hence, we argue that planning for inter-basin water transfer necessitates an immediate reassessment with a systematic approach”.

“This study findings are significant and have come at the right time when we are trying to pursue both Odisha and Chhattisgarh to recognise that Mahanadi is a water deficit basin and hence planning all development projects need to consider this”, said Panda.

“We have initiated a Mahanadi River Basin Peace Initiative and are demanding both the state governments to initiate a dialogue for integrated planning and management of Mahanadi basin in which the ecological carrying capacity of the river needs to be assessed under such climate change induced scenarios in which the water availability of the basin would be further decreasing, “ said Pand hoping that the governments would be seriously considering this.

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Members of Parliament in Rajya Sabha echo our urge for an inter-state Dialogue between Odisha and Chhattisgarh

Saturday, 09 December 2017 13:54 Written by

26-07-2016

Members of Parliament in Rajya Sabha echo our urge for an inter-state Dialogue between Odisha and ChhattisgarhReport;Bureau,Orissabarta
Doubts still remain about many projects being undertaken by Chhattisgarh upstream Mahanadi.
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Law Of Karma

Saturday, 09 December 2017 13:50 Written by


29-07-2016

LAW OF KARMABy;Ashwini Jii

Posted;Orissabarta

Creation, like anything else that is orderly, rests on certain fundamental laws, which cannot be broken, law of karma being the foremost. Even Gods, which are energies that run this creation, are bound by this law. And yet, modern man insists on his superiority over nature and foolishly tries to defy the laws of nature to create a utopian world for himself, thereby getting stuck in the spiral of devolution. The Bhagavad Gita too speaks of the infallible Law of Karma.

'As you sow shall you reap' is the quintessential proverb that embodies this very concept. Every action or deed, no matter how insignificant it may appear to be, will definitely bear fruit. Since every action is preceded with a thought, it is your thought process that distinguishes one from the other. Your thought process can either be selfish or selfless. Selfless acts are directed towards aiding the creation and bring = peace, harmony and good health in return. Selfish thoughts breed a toxic environment invariably leading to imbalance, chaos, natural calamities and a host of diseases.

Lets view the current scenario. If you look around you will find stray animals neglected and left to die and rot, without so much as even a thought. Trusted for having a sixth sense and called the man’s best friends, dogs today are not only ignored, abused, exploited and abandoned but also murdered and burnt alive!

The fate of wild animals is no different. Selfish thought of man has taken shape of urbanization and deforestation leaving monkeys hungry and homeless. Being called as ‘vermin’ these animals are electrocuted and shot down. Here one forgets that monkeys were revered, not just by Vedic people, but also by Mayans, Greeks and Romans.

It is the dharma of every human being to protect and provide for those weaker than him irrespective of their faith, culture and geographical boundary for the law of karma is universal. The karmic repercussions of hurting animals or watching it happen, are severe and will ensure a life of pain, suffering and ill health. If such atrocities continue, diseases and sickness will increase, human pain and suffering will continue to mount and nature will take recourse in order to restore balance.

Service and charity, an integral aspect of Sanatan kriya, is the key to ending pain and suffering. Even a seemingly small act of kindness will make a difference. Wake up and act now, or hells await you.

Guru Purnima-Part- Ii

Saturday, 09 December 2017 13:48 Written by


17-07-2016

GURU PURNIMA-PART- IIBy;Yogi Aswini,Posted;Orissabarta

OM DHYAN MOOLAM GURU MURTI ,PUJA MOOLAM GURU PADAM, MANTRA MOOLAM GURU VAKYAM, MOKSHA MOOLAM GURU KRIPA, OM SHRI GURUVE NAMAH OM

The foundation of Dhyan is your Guru’s image, the foundation of your puja is your Guru’s feet, Guru’s words are like the mantra that cannot be defied and moksha or nirvana is possible only by your Guru’s grace.

It is so interesting to know that the concept of Guru is prevalent only in India. There is no synonym of Guru in no other language and the closest that you can get is teacher or master. A Guru is much above both.

The Guru is the channel between you and the Divine and the only medium to get to know the Divine. Guru is the one who knows your capacity and leads you on the path of Sadhna as per your entitlements.Guru is just like a mother and the shishya a child. The Guru knows exactly what and how much the shishya wants and provides with the same. The Guru transfers just that much gyan to the shishya as much the shishya can absorb or hold.

It is like if you pour extremely hot water on a cold rock it will break. The gyan is like hot water and the shishya is the cold rock. The Guru holds the gyan and transfers it slowly to the shishya as per his or her capacity

It is extremely difficult to find a right Guru but in your search for a Guru do not go by what you get to hear from others. Yoga is all about experiences and it is your own experience and own insights that will lead you to a Guru. Once you reach your Guru you no longer feel the need to go to any other discourse or any other teacher to get the answers to your questions. Your search is said to end when you find yourGuru.

Guru Purnima is a powerful day. Just being in your guru’s presence on this day can lead to phenomenal experiences of the inner world and have amazing effects on your evolution.

Self Healing With Sanatan Kriya

Saturday, 09 December 2017 13:46 Written by


09-07-2016

SELF HEALING WITH SANATAN KRIYABy: Yogi Ashwini,Posted;Orissabarta.com

The physical body consists of five elements in various permutations and combinations. These elements are controlled by the dimension of colour. Everything in creation has a colour to it. Even the colourless is a colour and every colour has a specific frequency. Everything looks the way it does because it is in a state of balance as it is vibrating at a specific frequency.

If there is an imbalance in any of these colours or energy, the manifestation happens in colours, which further effects the object which maybe the physical body that we are talking about in this case. That distortion is called a disease, also called imbalance in Ayurveda. To correct that imbalance, there are various powerful techniques given in Sanatan Kriya under the topic of self-healing. For example, if you have an upset stomach, the primary constituting colours of stomach are – green and light saffron. By introducing the right shade of these colours into the stomach in the prescribed quantities, the stomach will automatically resume its normal functioning.

The science of colours is very closely linked with the science of sound. When creation began, first sound manifested and from it emerged various hues and colours, which finally took the form of the elements and physical body that normal eyes can see. Therefore to affect a change in the physical body, one utilizes the dimension of colours which in turn is governed by specific sounds and mantras. There is a specific mantra detailed in the Sanatan Kriya, ‘ram’.

SELF HEALING WITH SANATAN KRIYA

When it is chanted keeping awareness of the form of your Guru in front of you, you can see and access the colour and energy of saffron which then can be utilized for healing the stomach.

For this, sit in any comfortable position and keep your fingertips pointing towards the navel with palms and fingers on both sides of the stomach. Close your eyes and becoming aware of your guru figure in front of you, start with the slow, soft and deep chant of the mantra, ram. After sometime your body will start heating up, continue with the chant, now internally, and redistribute the prana so generated into the affected areas of stomach.

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