Ashwini Kumar Rath

An Anthology of Odia Poetry by Basudev Rath

Written by Late Basudev Rath, the anthology elaborates devotional tradition of Odisha with various mythological themes using rich expressions. This book, with Chautishā, Bhajans, Janāns, etc., will remain an indispensable treasure of Odia literature.

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Shri Jagannāth Chautishā
(ଶ୍ରୀ ଜଗନ୍ନାଥ ଚଉତିଶା)
Short poems dedicated to Lord Jagannath generally divided into 34 stanzas, where each stanza begins with one syllable of the consonants starting from ka to ksha.
Bhajana
(ଭଜନ)
Devotional songs and chants that are usually presented with music based on classical ragas and talas through which people praise Lord Jagannath.
Janāna
(ଜଣାଣ)
Devotional poems through which people express their wishes and faith along with their happiness and sorrows to Lord Jagannath.
Bandanā
(ବନ୍ଦନା)
Prayers through which people offer their obeisances to God.
Mruguni Upakhyāna
(ମୃଗୁଣୀ ଉପାଖ୍ୟାନ)
Mythological story or the episode of the deer and the hunter retold in the form of poem.
Geeta
(ଗୀତ)
Poems telling the stories of "Shri Krishna" and romantic tales in the quaint country life.
Biography
(ଜୀବନୀ)
Basudev Rath was born on June 5, 1913, to a Brahmin family in Narsinghpur village.
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