ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles by Subhakanta BeheraSubscribe to Subhakanta Behera

India's Encounter with the Silk Road

Exploring the evolution of the Silk Road and its connection with India, brings out the dynamics of cross-cultural relation between India and the rest of the Silk Road countries in a historical perspective. What is the present symbolism of the Silk Road for India vis-a-vis other countries?

Recreating History in Literature

Oriya writer Radhanath Roy created 'make-believe' history by interweaving actual incidents into fiction. This article studies the symbolic meaning of five of his important 'kavyas' that broke with Oriya literary tradition of that time and sought to define Oriya identity.

Prisoner of Beliefs-Misunderstanding Mahima Dharma

Prisoner of Beliefs Misunderstanding Mahima Dharma Subhakanta Behera IN reaction to my article "Jagannath and Alekh; A Study in Juxtaposition' (Economic and Political Weekly, August 16-23.1997), S Nath, himself a follower of the Mahima Dharma, had published a discussion, 'Mahima Dharma: Plea for Proper Perception' in the issue dated January 24, 1998. On my first reading of this discussion. I thought to discard it as a piece of popular writing based on his superstitious beliefs, but then I decided to respond and set the facts straight so that readers get an objective view of the dharma.

Jagannath and Alekh-A Study in Juxtaposition

A Study in Juxtaposition It is commonly perceived that the Mahima Dharma constituted a critique of the Jagannath cult in Orissa. But neither the theological beliefs of the Mahimapanthis nor the poetic output of Bhima Bhoi vindicate this notion. What the Mahimapanthis stood against was the increasing ritual orthodoxy in the worship of Jagannath and desired to purge his worship of it.

Back to Top