Mahapravu is One and Only Unique
MAHAPRABHU SHREE JAGANNATH (BAPA) IS ABSOLUTE TRUE,
OTHER THAN HIM ARE RELATIVELY TRUE….
OTHER THAN HIM ARE RELATIVELY TRUE….
The legendary Hindu God, Mahapravu Shree Jagannath, indeed, is unique in many respects. I want to mention here only few of them in view of my limited penetration to the concerned subject which is vast. However, the readers who are not aware of them may be interested to know these few but main features of the greatest Hindu God. I also want to putforth, in short, two legends which are as old as the deity or even older than the deity, in Trinity, which are worshipped from time immemorial by the innumerable people in general and by the Hindus, in particular.
It is needless to say that the deity of Mahapravu Shree Jagannath is the greatest of deities in the entire world worshipped in the great temple of Hindus.
The main deity of this temple has a number of nomenclature fitting to its functions, festivities, anatomy and genesis of the deity itself, though the most popular one is Mahapravu (the Mahapravu Shree of the Universe). Purusottam (Highest Being) is the next popular name of the deity and is in accordance with the cantos of Bhagabat Gita. Patitapaban (saviour of the downtrodden) is the name of Mahapravu Shree Jagannath which according to Hindu Philosophy is also very popular. To fulfil this function the Trinity come down from the shrine and makes a journey to give ‘darshan’ to the devotees; irrespective of caste, creed and colour, downtrodden or holy ones alike during the world famous car festival. The original deity as per a legend was a blue stone and hence the deity is also called Neelamani.
The name Neelamadhab is the name of this deity. The deity being the part and parcel of Pravu Krishna, any name of Krishna fits into the deity. Beside this above names innumerable loving names have been given to the deity by His devotees like Jaga, Kalia, Chakanayan, Chakaakhia, so on and so forth. The summary of the above descriptions amounts to uniqueness of the deity. No where in the world such variety of names are found for a single deity. God attracts the devotees as usual in any religion or sect. But here the Mahapravu is attracted by the devotees for which once in a year the trinity, in original form (singular instance), come down from the shrine to look at His dear devotees gathered from every nook and corner of the world. This is a rarity. It also means that the Mahapravu is not only of the saints and holy ones but for the common mass of the society i.e. God of the People. In Hindu religion usually the Brahmins have the right to worship images in a temple. But here two groups of non-Brahmins take care of the Trinity from the time of coming down off the shrine till their return, during the journey and the return journey and their stay in Gundicha Temple. It is clear from the genesis of deity that this Hindu God belongs to both Aryans and non Aryans. In fact, Mahapravu Shree Jagannath is known as Sabara – God. Mahapravu Shree Jagannath is not only worshipped by Hindus but also by the Jains and Buddhists. In fact in Buddhism the three deities are considered as Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha. There is no instance of worshipping brothers with sister.
Of course there are temples where couple like Laxmi Narayan or Hara Gouri or even Ram, Laxman and Sita are worshipped. But here two brothers with sister are worshipped. This is not only a unique feature but shows that consideration of equalities to sons and daughters in a family and love and affection between brothers and sisters was existing in the society since the time in obscurity. 8. The deity is considered as both Dev Dev Mahadev and Bhagaban Vishnu. The logic behind such consideration is that the original deity of Bluestone was nothing but a Shivalinga. These are but unique features regarding the deity of Mahapravu Shree Jagannath besides the others. By others, I mean there are many functions observed traditionally in the temple of Mahapravu Shree Jagannath which are not performed in a temple elsewhere.
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