H-M synthesis in Orissa: How a Muslim devotee of Jagannath brought the Lord to the masses

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H-M synthesis in Orissa: How a Muslim devotee of Jagannath brought the Lord to the masses

Post by Rashmun on Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:52 am

How does one explain the phenomenon of Muslims becoming ardent and devout devotees of Lord Jagannath? Isn't it an example of H-M synthesis?

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The expansive complex of Lord Jagannath temple is every day visited by thousands of worshipers who sing songs, a number of them written by Salabeg. “Salabeg is eulogised a lot in Odisha. No doubt he is a great poet. He has helped a lot in simplifying the Jagannath tradition and making it easy to understand for the people. A movie has also been made on him because of his popularity,” says Prof Acharya.

According to local folklore, Salabeg began writing his bhajans in praise of Jagannath after his supplications were answered by the Lord. Yamin, in his book, has described the story as: “On the day of the car(t) festival, Nandighosha, the car(t) of Jagganath, on its way back to Simandira, did not move and remained static till the arrival of Salabeg at Puri.”

As the legend goes, after getting a glimpse of Lord Jagannath, Salabeg started living in Puri and composed his ‘bhajans‘ while living at the same place for the rest of his life. After his death, Salabeg was cremated at this very location where now lies his Samadhi — at Badananda in Puri’s Grant Road.

“Salabeg is the only devotee of Lord Jagannath whose Samadhi is situated on the way through which his chariot passes. To commemorate his devotion, every year during the Rath Yatra, the chariot is stopped outside his Samadhi for five minutes,” says Suryanarayan Rath Sharma, researcher and a specialist on Jagannath culture.

Salabeg’s literary contributions also came at a time when Bhakti movement in India had reached its pinnacle. The movement, which sought reformation of Hinduism by doing away with the priesthood and establishing a direct contact with the God, saw the emergence of poets and writers like Kabir, Nanak, Mirabai and Tulsidas among many others. “The 17th century Bhakti literature was an attempt at reaching out to God without the inter-mediation of priests. These people, including Dasia Bauri who belonged to a lower caste and Dinakrishnadas who was a leprosy patient, were not allowed inside the temple and thus approached Lord Jagannath through their poetry,” added Prof Acharya...

“Earlier, only Sanskrit bhajans were sung inside the temple but these poets brought Odia in 17th and 18th centuries which helped in understanding the culture better. Salabeg popularised Odia literary tradition; he did not write chaste Odia and there lies his success because very ordinary people could also understand his bhajans,” added Prof Acharya.

Salabeg also holds a greater importance because his poems and writings have now become an integral part of the Jagannath tradition. Apart from him, there have been several other poets in Odisha with similar origins, like Uzir Beg, who have contributed to the cult of Jagannath.

http://indianexpress.com/article/research/salabeg-the-jagannath-devotee-who-brought-the-lord-to-the-masses-4590411/

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Doggy-Naayi synthesis:


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Post by Rashmun on Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:09 am

JAGANNATHA’S MUSLIM DEVOTEE: BHAKTA KAVI SALABEG
It’s ironic that the person who is perhaps the most famous devotee of Jagannath in all of Orissa was denied entrance to Jagannath’s temple due to his Muslim birth. The life and songs of Salabeg reveal the heart of a devotee, who, finding himself alone and bereft of anything else, piteously cried for the Lord.


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