18-member team of experts returns from Tirupati

‘Sri Jagannath Chetana Gavesana Pratisthan’ of Odisha and Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh plan to take up joint research on ancient cultural ties between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

An eighteen-member team of experts of ‘Sri Jagananth Chetana Gavesana Pratisthan’ that had visited Tirupati recently to attend a two-day national seminar organised by Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth of Tirupati on September 2 and 3 returned on Thursday. The topic of this seminar was ‘Nilachal-Simhachal and Seshachal’ to discuss the ancient cultural ties between inhabitants living between Puri and Tirupati.

The team from Odisha included historians like Surendra Mishra, senior servitors of Sri Jagannath temple in Puri, literary experts like Asit Mohanty and Siddheswar Mohapatra etc. After their return members of the delegation were of the opinion that historians had missed out to highlight the cultural ties between the Odias and Telugus which are several centuries old. Mr. Mishra said there was a great relationship between regions of Andhra Pradesh and Sri Jagannath cult and temple. ]The Gajapati kings of Puri also had their impact on regions of Andhra Pradesh. It may be noted that Gajapati king Langula Narasingha Dev, who built the famous Sun Temple at Konark, was also the builder of the Simhachalam temple.

According to him in the regions between Puri and Tirupati there are numerous stone inscriptions and other archaeological remains that speak of cultural ties between both these neighbouring regions in the ancient times. The rituals in temples of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh were discussed, including impact of Ramanujacharya on the rituals of Sri Jagannath temple.

Recent findings

The Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth of Tirupati has decided to come out with publications in English and Odia compiling the recent findings related to cultural ties of both States which were discussed during the seminar, said members of the team of experts from Odisha. But it is only tip of the ice berg and much remains hidden as till now historians have not put much stress on it, said Mr Mohanty. These two institutions from Odisha and Andhra Pradesh are now planning to take up proper study and interpretation of all historical materials available including archaeological findings regarding cultural ties between both States.

It may be noted that Gajapati king Langula Narasingha Dev, who built the famous Sun Temple at Konark, was also the builder of the Simhachalam temple