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Jagannatha and the Gajapati Kings of Orissa: A Compendium of Late Medieval Texts (Rajabhog, Sevakarmani, Deshakhanja and Other Minor Texts)

ISBN: 9788173048807
Publisher: Manohar Publications
Edition: First Edition, None
Publication Date: 2010-09-01
Number of pages: 189
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The present work consists of a comprehensive palm-leaf manuscript combining several originally separate Oriya texts of the fifteenth/sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, compiled by the Deula Karanas, the temple scribes of Puri in the late eighteenth or the early nineteenth century. They provide firsthand and most authoritative information on land endowments to religious shrines throughout the medieval Orissan period, on rituals and duties of priests and temple servitors and, most important, on legendary and various historical and cultural events during the reign of Gajapatis. The present compendium is a unique source for the study of the cult of Jagannatha and the culture and history of pre-colonial Orissa. Coming to light for the first time, it may be regarded as the most important study of its genre after the publicaiton of Puri's temple chronicle, the Madala Panji, By A.B. Mohanty in 1940.

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