Lord Jagannath, painting by Bhaiya Shreyansh Sinha (Class 8), D.A.V. Public School, Jharsuguda, Odisha. This painting was was shortlisted in Khula Aasmaan painting competition for children for the period April to June 2019.
Description of the painting by Bhaiya Sinha (class 8)
My drawing highlights Lord Jagannath of Puri, Odisha. The topic came to my mind when I heard a story from my teacher that once a priest of Jagannath temple said that Lord does not accept offerings from 'Muslims' or 'inferiors' which was proved to be wrong, when he accepted the offering of a coconut from a 'muslims' named 'Salvage'. The story gives us a message that no one in this world is superior or inferior in the eyes of that ultimate power and this message is depicted by my drawing.
Listen to Bhaiya Sinha talk about his painting of Lord Jagannath
Khula Aasmaan (meaning "Open Sky") has been created for children (5 to 15 years) and young adults
(16 to 25 years). Khula Aasmaan encourages children and college students to express themselves in a free and creative manner. It enables their creative expression and creative thought. This is done by way of art contest as well as science contest. Khula Aasmaan runs quarterly kids drawing competition, children's art contest and painting contest for college students.
Jagannath means "Lord of the Universe" and is a deity worshipped in regional traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism in India and Bangladesh. Jagannath is considered a form of Vishnu. He is a part of a triad along with his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra.
The icon of Jagannath is a carved and decorated wooden stump with large round eyes and a symmetric face, and the icon has a conspicuous absence of hands or legs.
Jagannath is considered a non-sectarian deity. The Jagannath temple in Puri, Odisha is particularly significant in Vaishnavism, and is regarded as one of the Char Dham pilgrimage sites in India. The Jagannath temple is massive, over 200 feet high in the Nagara Hindu temple style, and one of the best surviving specimens of Kalinga Architecture aka Odisha art and architecture. It has been one of the major pilgrimage destinations for Hindus since about 800 CE.
The annual festival called the Ratha yatra celebrated in June or July every year in eastern states of India is dedicated to Jagannath. His image, along with the other two associated deities, is ceremoniously brought out of the sacrosanctum (Garbhagriha) of his chief temple in Puri (Oriya: Bada Deula). They are placed in a chariot which is then pulled by numerous volunteers to the Gundicha Temple, (located at a distance of nearly 3 kilometres (1.9 mi)). They stay there for a few days, after which they are returned to the main temple. Coinciding with the Ratha Yatra festival at Puri, similar processions are organized at Jagannath temples throughout the world. This festive public procession of Jagannath in Puri, where the heavy carriage becomes a "massive inexorable force, an unstoppable public campaign that crushes whatever is in its path" is the source of the word juggernaut. (source : Wikipedia)