Pilgrimage and Puri
|Publisher:||Gyan Publishing House, New Delhi|
|Other Details||9.00x6.00 inch|
Even when there was no road connection some years back, the pilgrims in hundreds used to come on foot from every corner of the country to pay homage to the Lord Jagannath. Particularly during car festival and other festivals thousands of pilgrims used to come to Puri to witness these festivals and offer worship to the holy trinity-Lord Balabhadra, Goddess Subhadra and Lord Jagannath. There are hundreds of pilgrim guides who visit different places and bring pilgrims from these places to witness the car festivals.
There are many dharmasalas and pilgrim houses located in Puri town where the pilgrims stay during their visit to Puri. The book gives a vivid account of the journey of the pilgrims from distant places and their life during their short visits to Puri. Pilgrimage to Puri is related to a story on disease and death in ancient time. But it has been a pleasant stay at Puri now after road connections were established and hundreds of hotels and lodging houses came up in Puri town. The book gives an account of various aspects of pilgrimage to Puri.
Currently, Dr. Patnaik is involved in various activities of the Social Science and Development Research Institute (SSADRI) which he set up at Bhubaneswar after his retirement from government service.
For Orissa particularly the matter of pilgrimage is of great significance. What W.W. Hunter has mentioned in the Chapter 1 dealing with Jagannath in the history of Orissa is reproduced below.
"For two thousand years Orissa has been the holy land of the Hindus. The ancient texts love to dwell on its sanctity. It is the land that taketh away sin.
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