Kanchi Avijana -1 (Sri Jagannath Leelaas… )

Kanchi Avijana –


There was a king named Purusottama Deva in the Gonga Dynasty who ruled over the state of Orissa.


He was a great devotee of Lord Jagannath.


He considered lord Jagannath as the owner of everything.


Sri Jagannath Kanchi Avijana




Once he went to the South India, He reached a kingdom called Kanchi, and set up his tent in a garden in capital city.


There he met the princes of Kanchi – Padmavati. And both came to know each other. Later the king was invited to palace of the King of Kanchi who, along with his queen was very pleased with Purusotama Deva and offered their Daughter in marriage to him.


Pursottama deva was very happy with the proposal and accepted gladly.


He returned back to Orissa.


Later the King of Kanchi sent hi minister to Pursottama Deva with an official proposal for Marriage.

It was the time of Ratha Yatra, so King Pursottama Deva asked the Minister to stay for few more days so that he can enjoy the Famous Ratha Yatra of Puri.


The Minister was quite happy to see the same.


On the Ratha yatra day, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balbhadra, and Lady Subhadra along with Sudarshan Chakra were brought from the temple to their chariots. Thousands of people gathered to see the parade.



The Minister of Kanchi saw that King Pursottama is standing infront of the chariot with a broom in his hand. Later he started sweeping the road infront of the Charriot. Seeing this the minister felt very bad. How could a king do the work of a Chandala?


He was very angry with this act of the king. So he returned back immediately and said everything to the king, stating that how can we put the hands of our princes in the hands of a chandala who sweeps the Road.


The King of Kanchi without understanding the situation agreed to the minister opinion and decided that the princes should not marry King Purusottama.


This act saddened both Pursottama deva as well as princess Padmavati.


And in the mean time the King organized a Swayambara ceremony where he invited every suitable man from all the districts except King Pursottama Deva.


Hearing this Pursottama Deva felt very bad and was very angry with this act of the King He challenged the King for a war.


The king of Kanchi was very powerful and was a worshipper of God Ganesha. So he placed a condition. If atall he wins this war then The lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra shall be surrendered and shall be placed behind to his deity of Ganesh. And if atall Pursottama Deva wins the war then he shall surrender his Deity Ganesh and shall be placed behind to Lord Jagannath, Balavadra and Subhdra.


When Purusottama Deva was forced to leave the battlefield when his camp caught on fire, he felt it was a great insult. He was immediately concerned that he would lose the deities from the Jagnnath temple, and that they would be placed behind Ganesh in Kanchi.


The King began to pray Lord Jagannath: “Oh lord please help me, due to being engaged in your service of sweeping the road, the king of Kanchi was insulted and cancelled my marriage. If I am defeated in this battle, is it not also your Defeat?  It is a great insult to you.


That Night, lord Jagannath appeared in the sleep and asked him to continue in the war and this time the Lord is going to help him on the war.


The King awoke very happily to receive this support from the lord.



To be continued…


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One Response to “Kanchi Avijana -1 (Sri Jagannath Leelaas… )”

  1. Bibhu Says:

    The stroy about Pursottama Deva and Padmavati is really very nice one and something which we oriyas feel proud of specially the tales of lord jagannath.
    what I fell is that this part can be edited more properly and posted.

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