Patali Srikhetra-Subarnapur (Sonpur) – History of Shri Jagannath Mahaprabhu

Patali Srikhetra-Subarnapur (Sonpur)


The Eternal Mystery Of Mahaprabhu Shree Jagannath by Srikanta…..
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Patali Srikhetra-Subarnapur (Sonpur)
In the above first sentence it reflects that there is no God for atheists. But if we will put “W” alphabet one place left then we can see the existence of god and that is due to our feelings towards them.As per example that “W” is our trust and love for Mahapravu.
As we know that Mahapravu is the creator of our Universe, but he is one and only who does humanly chores(Manabiya Leela). Although he is Mahabahu when we make him eat he eats, when we make him wear he wears. Although he doesn’t have any ears he is the one who listens to everyone and all others pretend to listen. Although he doesn’t have tongue but he knows every taste. He is the only one in this world who comes out of his Shree Mandir to give darshan to his devotees. He is the completion of every incompletion. He has made everyone as a complete entity but has made himself incomplete (even though he is completion of the whole world).
Even though he is the protecting shield of all but he has left his safeguard of his Shree Anga in our hands. Bhagawan is regulated by their devotees and is proved by Mahapravu Shree Jagannath.
Mahapravu has been Patali different times in different places of Odisha during Non-Hindu invasion of Shree Mandir. From today onwards I will post about the places where Mahapravu has been patali and I’ll start with Subarnapur where Mahapravu was Patali for CE 670-819. Miraculously it is that where Mahapravu was Patali in Subarnapur if you would pick up some soil then u can now also feel the essence of Chandana in it.
Patali Srikhetra is one of the significant historical sites as well as holy shrines associated with Saktism, Buddhism and Vaishnavism. It has already been declared as tourist centre by Department of Culture, Odisha. It is located at the foot of Trikut Hill at Kotsamlai in the Birmaharajpur Subdivision of Subarnapur District. The approximate distance of the site from the district head quarters is 23 KM. The spectacular topography of the region speaks volumes of its proud-past. No wonder, it assigns the seal of affirmation to the literacy, epigraphic, numismatic and traditional accounts relating to the “Secret- abode” of Mahapravu Shree Jagannath, Bada Thakura Balabhadra and Maa Subhadra in the impenetrable caves of the Trikut for a period of 144 years. As per the narration of Madalapanji, Sovanadeva, the King of Odisha fled from the city with the images of Mahapravu Shree Jagannath, Bada thakura Balabhadra and Maa Subhadra during the Raktavahu invasion and reached his western frontier in Sonepur and buried the images at a place called Sonepur-Gopali, and that after a lapse of 144 years, Yayati Keshari of Somavamsi dynasty got the images dugout, made new images, built new temple at Puri and enshrined them there.
. In addition, there is still a novel version well circulated in and around Kotsomalai that the oldest Shrines of the Goddess Stambheswari and that of Mahapravu Shree Jagannath Trinity located in the heart of the village indicate the Siva-Sakti co-relation. In fact, these shrines need immediate protection for the sake of preserving the unique legacy.
Last but not the least, the monastery of the great Saint and poet Baba Chandramani Das located at Baghapali at the opposite end of the Trikut Hill and nearby Kotsamlai spontaneously steals the glances of the onlookers and communicates a message of intellectual and spiritual fraternity.
On this score, it is naturally a matter of immense pride for the people of Subarnapur district that the Temple Administration, Jagannath Temple, Puri extended official recognisation to the “Patali Shrikhetra “ on February 20, 2007 Further, they proposed for the setting up of positive and cordial link between Srikhetra and Patali Srikhetra in letter and spirit. Subsequently Archeological Survey of India team led by Dr. Dimiri and State Archeology led by Dr B.K. Ratha in the company of State Architect Mr Beura paid a visit and testified the linkage of Patali Srikhetra with Srikhetra and also found archaeological properties of pre-historic importance.
A comprehensive, eco-friendly and integrating plan is being formulated for all round development of the place.

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