Stay tuned to our new posts and updates! Click to join us on WhatsApp L&C-Whatsapp & Telegram telegram Channel
L&C-Silhouette Subscribe
The L&C-Silhouette Basket
L&C-Silhouette Basket
A hand-picked basket of cherries from the world of most talked about books and popular posts on creative literature, reviews and interviews, movies and music, critiques and retrospectives ...
to enjoy, ponder, wonder & relish!
 
Support LnC-Silhouette. Great reading for everyone, supported by readers. SUPPORT

Tales of Lord Jagannath: Margashira Guruvar Puja

July 20, 2015 | By

The story of the celebration of Margashira Guruvar puja is a classic tale that espouses caste and gender equality.

Lord Jagannath Tales 9

Lord Jagannath Tales

Having nowhere else to go Goddess Laksmi went to Puri beach

Once Goddess Lakshmi visited an area inhabited by untouchables. Lord Balabhadra was furious and convinced Lord Jagannath to banish her from the house.

Having nowhere else to go Goddess Laksmi went to Puri beach. She then requested Lord Vishwakarma, “O’ divine architect, I have been rendered homeless. Please construct a beautiful palace which would be suitable for me so that I can stay in comfort.”

The Goddess then spoke to Nidra Devi. “O’ Goddess of Sleep, I am asking you for a favour which I know is a rather strange one. Please put Lord Jagannath and Lord Balabhadra to deep slumber.”

After Nidra Devi had carried out her request Goddess Lakshmi ordered her servants to go to the abode of her husband and his elder brother and plunder it in such a way that it was left completely bare of all essentials.

The two brothers, having no other recourse, began roaming the streets, singing bhajans and begging for alms. Goddess Lakshmi requested Goddess Saraswati, “O’ Goddess of learning and wisdom cast such a spell on the people of this land that not a single soul would give alms to the divine duo. Saraswati weaved her magic and the brothers had to return empty handed from each and every house.

Lord Jagannath Tales

Desperate they went back to the palace and asked for food even if it was offered by an untouchable

At that point the siblings came to know that there was a big palace on the beach and they would get food there. They went to the palace but were told it belonged to an untouchable. They asked for provisions and vessels and decided to cook their food on the beach. Goddess Lakshmi then approached Agni Dev. “O’ God of Fire please do not light up.” Agni Dev did her bidding and as a result the two brothers could not cook.

Desperate they went back to the palace and asked for food even if it was offered by an untouchable. Goddess Lakshmi, still remaining incognito, cooked the favourite meal of Lord Balabhadra and Lord Jagannath.

Lord Jagannath, realizing that the benediction was being bestowed on him by none other than his wife, went to her. “You were right and I was wrong. Everyone should be treated equal whether man or woman, low caste or high caste. I have learnt my lesson. I hereby ordain that all devotees of mine should keep in mind this ethos of equality for all times to come.”

Lakshmi went back to her husband’s abode and happiness reigned supreme.

Read the Tales of Lord Jagannath

These stories have been republished from the book Tales of Lord Jagannath by Ramendra Kumar. This book is available on Amazon.in and has been published by:
B K Publications Pvt. Ltd.

The opinions shared by the writer are personal.

Effective Parenting

Ramendra Kumar’s Effective Parenting: A New Paradigm is available on Amazon and Flipkart.

Ramendra Kumar (Ramen) is a children’s writer with 35 books to his name. He has won 31 awards in the competition for writers of children’s literature organised by Children’s Book Trust (CBT), over the years. This tally is the highest by any writer and is thus a national record. He also dabbles in satire, poetry, fiction and travelogues. His works have been translated into several Indian and foreign languages. Being an inspirational speaker and storyteller, he is a regular at leading seminars and literary festivals. He is the father of two children who are bonsai celebrities in their own right. While Ankita is a youth icon and a travel blogger with an instagram following of 34K, Aniket creates cool Apps and designs covers for his Dad's books. Website: www.ramendra.in
All Posts of Ramendra Kumar

Hope you enjoyed reading...

... we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting our creative, informative and analytical posts than ever before. And yes, we are firmly set on the path we chose when we started... our twin magazines Learning and Creativity and Silhouette Magazine (LnC-Silhouette) will be accessible to all, across the world.

We are editorially independent, not funded, supported or influenced by investors or agencies. We try to keep our content easily readable in an undisturbed interface, not swamped by advertisements and pop-ups. Our mission is to provide a platform you can call your own creative outlet and everyone from renowned authors and critics to budding bloggers, artists, teen writers and kids love to build their own space here and share with the world.

When readers like you contribute, big or small, it goes directly into funding our initiative. Your support helps us to keep striving towards making our content better. And yes, we need to build on this year after year. Support LnC-Silhouette with a little amount - and it only takes a minute. Thank you

Support LnC-Silhouette

Creative Writing

Got a poem, story, musing or painting you would like to share with the world? Send your creative writings and expressions to editor@learningandcreativity.com

Learning and Creativity publishes articles, stories, poems, reviews, and other literary works, artworks, photographs and other publishable material contributed by writers, artists and photographers as a friendly gesture. The opinions shared by the writers, artists and photographers are their personal opinion and does not reflect the opinion of Learning and Creativity- emagazine. Images used in the posts (not including those from Learning and Creativity's own photo archives) have been procured from the contributors themselves, public forums, social networking sites, publicity releases, free photo sites such as Pixabay, Pexels, Morguefile, etc and Wikimedia Creative Commons. Please inform us if any of the images used here are copyrighted, we will pull those images down.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Today’s Motivation

"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school." ~ Albert Einstein