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Online Video Series on Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra

An online video series titled ‘Jeebana Jagannath’ by ETV Oriya News explores the history, mythology, temples, scared places, rituals and traditions associated with Lord Jagannath and the famous Puri Rath Yatra. Each episode deals with a particular aspect of Lord Jagannath and the length of the program is around five minutes. The online video series is in Oriya and the website provides a synopsis in English for each episode. There are total 30 episodes and each episode has interviews with learned men and priests and explores the importance of a ritual or a sacred place or a temple. This video series is part of ETV Oriya programs on Puri Rath Yatra 2008.You can find the video series on Jagannath here on ETV Website - Jeebana Jagannath.

A poem by Tulsidas – Explaining the value of a lamp lit before Lord Ram

The flame offered to Ram
extinguishes the flame of pain;
It burns up sin and sorrow,
burns down to the root of lust.

In a lovely mist of incense,
in a row of splendid lamps
Its ritual rhythm – the hand claps –
scares the bird of sin away.

It dissipates the darkness, the dumbness
from the house, the heart, of devotees;
It casts wide the net of purest truth.
Tulsidas (Source: Song of the Saints of India, Translated by J.S.Hawley and Mark Juergensmeyer.)

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