Vedic Science Research Centre of Berhampur has come up with a theory that the four deities worshipped in Sri Jagannath temple in Puri are anthropological representation of four major human races of the world.

Senior life science scientist Sachidananda Padhi, who is attached with this organisation and researches on ancient scientific studies in India, said the four deities worshipped in the Sri Jagannath temple in Puri do not have resemblance with any idols worshipped in any other temple in the country. These deities do not have resemblance with any god of Indian mythology. “They are nothing but metaphorical representation of four major human races in the world,” Mr. Padhi said.

According to him Prof. Padhi, the four major human races are Negroids, Caucasoids, Mangoloids and Australoids. “The unique colourations of deities of Puri represent these human races,” Prof. Padhi said. According to him the most ancient human race was that of Negroids. Negroids were the first developed human beings, and like Negroids, the main deity of Puri, Sri Jagannath is black in colour with a non-visible broad nose and prominent lip. The Caucasoids are represented by the deity Balabhadra who is white in colour with a well demarcated nose. The Caucasoids are also fair in complexion and have a well formed nose. Devi Subhadra worshipped in Puri is yellow in colour which according to Prof. Padhi represents the Mangoloids. According to him the deity Sudarsan worshipped in Puri is nothing but metaphoric representation of Australoids.

The four major human races are Negroids, Caucasoids, Mangoloids and Australoids. The unique colourations of deities of Puri represent these human races

Padhi

Senior scientist, Life sciences