The Jagannath Sanskruti is the oldest Sanskruti in the Universe which is based on the “Sanatan Dharma” and the ruling God of this Sanskruti is Lord Jagannath.
Why Jagannath Sanskruti is called oldest Sanskruti?
- In the ancient days, human beings worshiped trees as their GOD. In Jagannath, Sanskruti trees are worshipped and the ruling GOD of this Sanskruti is made from Neem Trees which is well known as “Daru Bramha’’.
- Jagannath Sanskruti believes in Sanatan Dharma which means all are equal in the eyes of GOD and GOD is omnipresent. During Rath Yatra, Lord Jagannath give his Darshan to the devotees all over the world.
- This Sanskruti believes in “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” which means the whole world is our family. This is observed in Jagannath Dham Odisha that peoples from all over the world is welcomed and also participate in our most prominent festival Rath Yatra.
- The Jagannath Sanskruti is based on the culture & rituals of Lord Jagannath of Puri. As per Purans and Sastras Lord Jagannath is established in Puri by the king Indradyumna in Satya Yuga so this culture is the oldest in the world.
Jgannath Sanskruti VS Lord Jagannath
The following festivals & Yatras which are celebrated in Jagannath temple are also celebrated by the peoples of Odisha.
- Akshaya Tritiya
- Mahabisuva Sankranti
- Rath Yatra
- Makar Sankranti
- Chandan Yatra
- Durga Puja
- Kali Puja etc.
The peoples of all over the world from different religions follow the culture of Jagannath Sanskruti and also participate in the Chariot festival of Lord Jagannath.
In the sphere of religion and philosophy, Tribal and Aryan religions, Buddhism and Jainism, Islam and Christianity all have existed in history and they continue side by side even now as a testimony to the religious tolerance of the people of this land.
In Odisha Odia (Oriya) is the mother language and Sanskrit is used for worshiping the god & goddess. The holy book Gita Govinda which is written in Sanskrit in the 12th century by the famous poet Sri Jayadev has influenced Sanskrit Literature as well as much other Literature.
It is also translated into Odia language and is sung every day in Jagannath temple Puri. The other language like Hindi, English, etc., and some local languages are also spoken in Odisha.
4. Costume (Dress)
The costume of Lord Jagannath is day specific and some special costume is used during festivals. There are 51 types of dresses (Bastra) used as the costume of Shree Jagannath.
The silk, cotton, and Patta sarees which is used as the costume of Lord Jagannath are also popularly used by the people of Odisha. The Odisha is also recognized for its handloom and Sambalpur Sarees in the international market.
The cultural food of the Odisha people is based on the Prasad’s of Lord Jagannath which is called Chhapan Bhog of Mahaprabhu.
The Lord Jagannath is also very much liked the food items which are regularly used by the people of Odisha like Dahi Pakhala, Dalma, Khechudi, Arna, Besara, Pitha (different cakes), Sweets, etc.
6. Art & Craft
The Odisha is famous for his art, music, and dance, and drama, literature recorded in palm leaf manuscripts and stone carvings in the temples. The distinct tradition of painting, architecture, sculpture handier music and dance is a unique identity of Odisha.
The culture & Sanskruti of Odisha is well known as Jagannath Sanskruti. It is the oldest Sanskruti in the world which is based on the principle of Sanatan Dharma and the ruling GOD of this Sanskruti is Lord Jagannath. All the festivals and rituals are celebrated in Odisha according to Srimandir Puri.
Pandit Rashmi Ranjan Rath is a Vedic researcher and also recognized by the Lord Jagannath Temple administration, Puri as a “Shree Jagannath Sanskruti Pracharak” in the year 2013. He has visited four Dhams of India for creating Lord Jagannath consciousness Worldwide. He is also the founder of “Baidika Brahamana Parisada Odisha”.