DAILY PHOTO: Konark Carvings

Taken in December of 2021 at the Konark Sun Temple

BOOK REVIEW: Jagannatha of Puri by Gayatri M. Dutt

Jagannatha of puriJagannatha of puri by Gayatri Madan Dutt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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I recently visited Puri, and – seeing the little, big-eyed Jagannath idols and images all across Odisha – I was curious to learn about the mythology behind the Puri temple and its tripartite deity. This 30+ page comic may not be the most scholarly or detailed account, but it may be the quickest way to get the gist of the story. And the comic does present an intriguing morality tale that includes lessons of patience and unselfishness.

The story begins with a king who is obsessed with finding a fabled cave-shrine that he was directed to in a dream. The king sends his best men out in search of the cave as its whereabouts are unknown. In time, one of the men stumbles upon a village whose chieftain is said to regularly make secretive visits to the cave and its idol. And from there, the race is on to get the king to the cave. But the deity is elusive, and insists that its followers work together harmoniously.

It’s a clear and well-developed story. It blends intriguing trippy elements like time-travel and messages in dreams with traditional religious mythology.

If you’re looking for a brief explanation of the Puri temple and the Jagannaths, it’s worth giving this short comic a look.

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DAILY PHOTO: Odisha Butterflies

Plain Tiger Butterfly; Taken in December of 2021 at Lalitgiri
Common Mormon Swallowtail
Common Leopard

DAILY PHOTO: Dhauligiri Shanti Stupa [Peace Pagoda]

Taken in December of 2021 at Dhauli (near Bhubaneswar.)

DAILY PHOTO: Jagganath Street Art, Puri

Taken in Puri in December of 2021

DAILY PHOTO: Konark Sun Temple as It Was and Is

Taken in December of 2021 in the Archeological Museum of Konark
Konark Surya Mandir [Note: the tower and three sub-temples collapsed.]

DAILY PHOTO: Papanasini Stepwell & Temple, Bhubaneswar

Taken in December of 2021 in Bhubaneswar