New Publication From the BBT
Posted July 22, 2007
The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust is pleased to announce the publication of a long awaited book titled Jaya Jagannatha! The Culture and Worship of Lord Jagannatha East and West, by His Grace Dhruva Maharaja dasa, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada who has been residing in Jagannatha Puri for almost twenty years.
The book includes six sections, 45 colorful photos, 322 pages, and was written for a very wide audience. Below is an outline to give readers an idea of what Jaya Jagannatha! is about.
Part One: The advent and installation of Lord Jagannatha is narrated in a section of the Skanda Purana called Purusottama-ksetra mahatmya. Part One is essentially a direct rendition of this mahatmya.
Part Two: Every culture is comprised of various components; arts, music, dance, cuisine, festivals, architecture, etc. Part Two describes these aspects of Jagannatha worship. Of special note is detailed information about Navakalevara, the mystic procedures and rituals for changing the wooden deities periodically.
Part Three: A manuscript in the Jagannatha Temple called Katakarajavamsavali details kings and rulers from ancient times, beginning with Yudhisthira Maharaja's reign in 3089 B.C. Part Three recounts highlights of India's history up to the 15th Century. Included are Puri stories of Sankaracarya, Ramanujacarya, Madhvacarya's disciple (and a guru in our parampara) Narahari Tirtha, all leading up to the advent of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Part Four: Lord Caitanya's Puri pastimes from 1510 - 1533 describe the Lord's Antya-lila in Puri, His meetings with Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya, Ramananda Raya, Rupa Gosvami, Santatana Gosvami, King Pataparudra and others, and His divine vipralambha-bhava ecstasies while living in the house of Kasi Mistra.
Part Five: Beginning with King Prataparudra's sons in the mid-1500s, Part Five describes Jagannatha Puri's history up to modern times. Included are descriptions of Muslim invasions, English rule, Bhaktivinoda Thakura's life in Puri, birth of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati in 1874, and stories of more recent kings.
Part Six: Jagannatha Worship Goes West; Srila Prabhupada performs Ratha-yatra as a child in Calcutta, meets Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati in 1922, and travels to the USA in 1965. Malati dasi finds Lord Jagannatha at an import store in San Francisco, Syamasundara carves ISKCON's first deities, Their installation and first Ratha-yatra outside India. Installations of more Jagannatha deities and Ratha-yatras around the world, Jayananda Prabhu's involvement, all culminating in Srila Prabhupada's triumphant return to New York City for Ratha-yatra down 5th Avenue in 1976.
Jaya Jagannatha! thus reveals the rich cultural heritage of The Hare Krsna Movement now spreading around the world, and is written in easy-to-understand language.
For more information, contact your local BBT or Temple Gift Store. Temples celebrating their own Ratha-yatras should take note, and encourage their congregation to read this account to better understand the depth of our Festival of the Chariots.
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