Prachi Valley Pride: Mohapatra Nilamani Sahu dies at 90

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Prachi Valley Mourns Losses of Its Pride – Mohapatra Nilamani Sahu

Noted Odia writer Mohapatra Nilamani Sahu is no more. He died at the age of 90 today at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar. We all from Prachi Valley Development Forum pay rich tribute to the pride of Prachi Valley.

Mohapatra Nilamani Sahu (1926-2016)
Mohapatra Nilamani Sahu (1926-2016)

Mohapatra Nilamani Sahu was born on 22nd December 1926 at Niali village of Prachi River valley area in Cuttack district. He started his career as a Lecturer in Oriya literature. In the post-independence period, he is known as a best story-writer.

He is adorned with different awards for his favourite short stories which have been admired by scholars and general public. These include ‘AKASHA PATATA’ story book for which he received Orissa Sahitya Akademi Award in 1979. For his story edition titled ‘ABHISAPTA GANDHARVA’ in 1983, he received Sarala Award and again in 1984 he was adorned Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award for the same book. His story editions include PREMA TRIBHUJA published in 1952, MICHHA BAGHA in 1955, SRUNANTU SARBE AMRUTASYA PUTRA IN 1957, GANJEI O’ GABESANA IN 1961, ‘RANU APA THARU PUSHI PARJYANTA’, ‘ANDHA RATIRA SURYA’, (1965), ‘ANYA RUPA RUPANTARA’, ‘AKASHA PATALA’, ‘ABHISAPTA GANDHARBA’, ‘PINGALA SE ANYA JANE’, ‘KAPOTA PAKHI GURU MORA’, ‘SUMITRARA HASA’, ‘BISHNU MAYA’, ‘MICHHA BAGHA’, PAPA O’ MUKTI’, ‘SE KALA PAKHALA’, ‘BRUNDABANARA SESHA DHUPA’, JA DEVI SAMA GRUHESU, GALPA BICHITRA, NIBEDITARA NAISYABHISARA. His novels include DHARA O DHARA, TAMASI RADHA, HANSA MITHUNA. His criticism books include ‘SAHITYARA KATHA O RAMYA RACHANA SAHITYARA PARABAR.

Prachi Valley Heritage: Sobhanesvar Temple, Niali

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Sovaneswar Mandir Poster

Sobhanesvar Siva Temple, located on left bank of the river Prachi near Niali in Cuttack district of Odisha is believed to be built during the Ganga rule in Odisha possibly during the reign of Anangabhima Deva-II (A.D. 1190-98). The architectural and sculptural features assign the temple to the 12th century A.D. However, an inscription on the eastern wall of the Jagamohana records that the temple was built by a Nagavamsi king named Vaidyanatha, most likely a vassal of the Ganga rulers and he possibly renovated/ repaired or maintained the temple after the fall of the Gangas. Originally the care takers of this temple were, the Gangas, followed by the Nagavamsi king Vaidyanatha but now it is under the Orissa State Archaeology and declared as a protected monument

Presently the temple has two blocks- Vimana and Jagamohana but originally there were Nandimandapa and Muktimandapa. Both Vimana and Jagamohana are square on plan that stands over a platform of 1.65 meters high. The temple is decorated with architectural designs like chaitya medallion, vajramundi, naga-nagi pilasters, lattice window etc. Sculptural motifs such as divinity like Astadikpalas, Chamunda, Jaina Tirthankara, Ganesa; nayikas (Salabhanjika, Darpana, Alaskanya, Chamara bearer), lingapuja scene, sikshyadana, royal court scene and domestic scenes like women fondling child, nourishing child, women carrying vanity bag, couples, erotic images etc. And Jagrata motifs like the ganthiala, gaja-vidala and nara-vidala are visible on the conjunction of the paga of the outer walls. One can find eight Visnu, one each Varaha and Yama sculptures now housed in a sculpture shed next to the temple constructed by the State Archaeology in 1971-72. Recently, a huge statue of Nandi installed in front of the temple.

Legends embodied in Prachi Mahatmya and Mangala Puran narrate that Lord Sobhanesvar punished one Yogini – Chandra Ghanta and protected Odia sailors (Sadhaba Pua), those were passing through the water route of river Prachi. Since then there is a small temple dedicated to Yogini in the name of Chandra Ghanta Harchandi behind the main Sobhanesvar temple.

Prachi Valley Development Forum seeks state governments attention towards proper maintenance of  the temple campus and regular renovation works.

Prachi Valley Pride:Dr.Trilochan Mohapatra is the new DG,ICAR & Secretary,DARE

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Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra addressing the villagers of Andhoti in Cuttack on 26 Feb 2015

We all from the Prachi River valley region feel proud of note agriculture scientist Dr. Trilochan Mahapatra being appointed as new Director General of Indian Council for Agriculture Research, ICAR and Secretary Department of Agriculture Research and Education, DARE. Earlier, Dr. Mohapatra was posted as Director cum VC of the Indian Agriculre Research Institute, New Delhi. He is born in Prachi River Valley at Kharibili of Erancha GP under Niali block of Cuttack district in Odisha. Prachi Valley Development Forum congratulates him and hope that ICAR & DARE will scale a new height under Dr. Mohapatra’s charismatic leadership.

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra completed his B.Sc. (Agriculture) from OUAT, Bhubaneswar in 1985, M.Sc. in Genetics from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi in 1987 and Ph.D in Genetics from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi in the year 1992, is presently holding the position of Director of the prestigious Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. Prior to this, he worked as the Director of National Rice Research Institute (Formerly CRRI), Cuttack, Odisha and as a researcher & teacher for about 20 years at the National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, India. He has been working in the area of molecular genetics and genomics.

Dr. Mohapatra with the Andhoti villagers in Cuttack district

Dr. Mohapatra has over 145 research papers in national and international journals of repute and several book chapters. His research accomplishments include development of the first high yielding Basmati rice variety resistant to bacterial leaf blight through molecular marker assisted selection, and physical mapping and genome sequencing of rice and tomato. His contribution to science is reflected from high h-index and i10 index.

He has the distinction of receiving several honours and awards in recognition of his excellent academic and research contributions including the INSA Young Scientist Award, Prof. LSS Kumar Memorial Award, NAAS-Tata Award, IARI BP Pal Award, DBT Bio-science Award and NASI-Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee Award. He also got the recognition Award of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences for the biennium 2013-14 for significant contributions in Plant Improvement and Lifetime Achievement Award of the Indian Genetics Congress in recognition of outstanding contribution in the field of Plant Genetic. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, National Academy of Sciences-India, Allahabad and the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi.

Prachi Valley Heritage- Madhava Temple, Niali

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The famous Madhava Temple, dedicated to lord Vishnu is located on the left bank of river Prachi in Niali block of Cuttack district, Orissa. Belongs to 13th century and was built by Eastern Ganga dynasty, this temple is a protected monuments declared by Archaeological Survey of India. The Temple is built in Pancharatha design. Three buildings, namely Vimana, Jagamohana and Natamandapa. The Vimana is of Rekha Deula, Jagamohana is of Pidha deula and the Natamandapa is flat-roofed and renovated by Archaeological Survey of India. The motifs are of different serpents, naayikas, devatas etc. The architecture of this temple is very much similar to that of Sakshigopal Temple of Puri and Ananta Vasudev temple of Bhubaneswar. You can find the images of Dasa-Avatar of Vishnu, a big Sudarshan Chakra made up of Black granite stone and also the image of Ananta Sayana of lord Vishnu in the walls of Jagamohana and Natamandapa. The outer walls of the temple are carved with beautiful old Pauranic images from Krishna Lila & Mahabharata. Some erotic carvings can also be found on the outer wall of the temple.

The presiding deity, Madhava is different to other Madhava images found in entire Prachi Valley . The upper left arm holds Gada, lower left Sudarshana Chakra, upper right full blown Lotus and lower right Conch. In the Jagamohana a rare image of Durga is found. She is worshipped as the sister of Madhava. Many festivals like Janmashtami, Ekadashi and special festivals in Maagha andVaishakha month are observed here. The main attraction here is the very old idol of Garuda which is made of black sand stone. This temple is known as Uncle’s home of Lord Jagannath of Puri and many rituals of the Jagannath Temple is associated with Niali Madhava temple.

Funded by the 13th Financial Commission, Govt. of India, presently, the renovation work of the temple is underway with the help of the INTACH Odisha chapter and the Department of Culture, Govt. of Odisha.

Madhava temple representing ‘Kalingan’ style of architecture belongs to 13th century A.D. requires a very sensitive and sympathetic approach for the conservation work. The necessary consolidation, stabilization work and appropriate development of the immediate surroundings have been going on at a snail’s pace. Prachi Valley Development Forum urges the concerned departments, officials and local politicians to ensure speedy and strong renovation work along with a heritage promotion plan for Prachi Valley Tourism.

“Let’s Go to School” programme launched (ଆରମ୍ଭ ହେଲା ଚାଲ ସ୍କୁଲ ଯିବା କାର୍ଯ୍ୟକ୍ରମ)

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PVDF organises “Let’s Go to School”

As part of  the newly started ” Let’s Go to School ” campaign, Prachi Valley Development Forum (PVDF) in association with the Local Youth Career Square (Lyc-Square) held a campus clean up drive at  Gobabast High School, Cuttack, Odisha on 27 May, Wednesday.Besides cleaning up the school campus the members of PVDF, Lyc-Square and Gobabast High School alumnae  interacted with the children & teachers. 

” Let’s Go to School ” programme is designed to revisit old memories of school days with the joy of giving attributions. Since most of the old students never revisit their schools after passed away, PVDF designed the concept of  ” Let’s Go to School ” to associate the old students for the betterment of their school environment, students and the teaching-learning process. It is also intended to attach community members in improving school conditions and enrichment of talents hidden among the school students. PVDF is also planning to organize seminars, counselling sessions and various competitions for the students in future.  

The 1st ” Let’s Go to School ” programme completely used social media in communicating with the community members and alumnae and earned huge response from the local youth masses. The event was attended by more than 20 alumnae  and PVDF- Lyc Square members. We have also planning to expand our ” Let’s Go to School ” programme in the entire Prachi valley region of Cuttack, Puri, Khurda and Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha.

Our “Lets Go to School” programme covered by leading Odia Newspaper – the Samaj

ଆରମ୍ଭ ହେଲା ଚାଲ ସ୍କୁଲ ଯିବା କାର୍ଯ୍ୟକ୍ରମ

ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟ ସହିତ ପୁରାତନ ଛାତ୍ରମାନଙ୍କ ସମ୍ପର୍କକୁ ପୁନଃ ଉଦ୍-ଜୀବିତ କରେଇବା ଓ ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟ ପ୍ରତି ସେମାନଙ୍କ କର୍ତ୍ତବ୍ୟବୋଧତା କୁ ସ୍ମରଣ କରେଇବାର ଏକ ପ୍ରୟାସ ସ୍ୱରୂପ ରବିବାର ଦିନ କଟକ ଜିଲ୍ଲା ବାରଙ୍ଗ ବ୍ଲକର ଗବବସ୍ତ ସରକାରୀ ଉଚ୍ଚ ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟରେ  ଅନୁଷ୍ଠିତ ହୋଇଯାଇଛି ଚାଲ ସ୍କୁଲ ଯିବା କାର୍ଯ୍ୟକ୍ରମ । ପ୍ରାଚୀ ଉପତ୍ୟକା ବିକାଶ ମଞ୍ଚ (PVDF) ଓ ଗ୍ରାମାଞ୍ଚଳ ଯୁବ ପ୍ରତିଭା ବିକାଶ ସଂଗଠନ – ଲୋକାଲ୍ ୟୁଥ୍ କରିୟର ସ୍କୋୟାର (Local Youth Career Square/Lyc-Square) ର ମିଳିତ ପ୍ରଚେଷ୍ଠାରେ ଅନୁଷ୍ଠିତ ଏହି କାର୍ଯ୍ୟକ୍ରମରେ ଗବବସ୍ତ ସରକାରୀ ଉଚ୍ଚ ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟର ଅନେକ ପୁରାତନ ଛାତ୍ର, ଶିକ୍ଷକ ଓ ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟ କର୍ମଚାରୀ ଯୋଗ ଦେଇ ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟ ପରିସର ସଫା କରିଥିଲେ। ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟ ର ବରିଷ୍ଠ ଶିକ୍ଷକ ପ୍ରଦ୍ୟୁମ୍ନ କୁମାର ପାତ୍ର ଓ ଗୋବିନ୍ଦ ଚନ୍ଦ୍ର ପାତ୍ର ଏହି ଅବସରରେ ଅନୁଷ୍ଠିତ ସ୍ମୃତିଚରଣ ବୈଠକରେ ପୁରାତନ ଛାତ୍ରମାନଙ୍କୁ ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟର ବିଭିନ୍ନ ସଫଳତା ବିଷୟରେ ଅବଗତ କରାଇଥିଲେ।

ଚାଲ ସ୍କୁଲ ଯିବା କାର୍ଯ୍ୟକ୍ରମ ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ ସମଗ୍ର ପ୍ରାଚୀ ଉପତ୍ୟକାସ୍ଥିତ ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟ ଗୁଡିକରେ ସେହି ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟର ପୁରାତନ ଛାତ୍ର-ଛାତ୍ରୀ ଓ ସ୍ଥାନୀୟ ଯୁବ ସମୁଦାୟର ସହଯୋଗରେ ଆଗାମୀ ଦିନରେ ସଫେଇ ଓ ସୌନ୍ଦର୍ଯ୍ୟକରଣ ଅଭିଯାନକୁ ବ୍ୟାପକ  କରାଯିବା ସହିତ ଏହି ଅଞ୍ଚଳର ତଥା ସେହି ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟର ସଫଳ ବ୍ୟକ୍ତିତ୍ଵ ମାନଙ୍କୁ ସ୍କୁଲପିଲାମାନଙ୍କ ସହିତ ପରିଚିତ କରେଇବାର କାର୍ଯ୍ୟକ୍ରମ ଆରମ୍ଭ ହେବ ବୋଲି ପ୍ରାଚୀ ଉପତ୍ୟକା ବିକାଶ ମଞ୍ଚ ର ଆବାହକ ଚକ୍ରଧର ବେହେରା ସୂଚନା ଦେଇଥିଲେ।   

ଏହି କାର୍ଯ୍ୟକ୍ରମକୁ  ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟର ପୁରାତନ ଛାତ୍ର ଚନ୍ଦ୍ରକାନ୍ତ ଜେନା, ଶେଖ୍ ସଜିଦ୍, ତାପସ ବେହେରା, ରିୟାଜ ଅଲ୍ଲୀ, ଜଗନ ସାହୁ, କିଶୋର ଭୋଇ,ରଞ୍ଜିତ ବେହେରା, ଫ୍ୟାଜୁଲ ଅମିନ୍, ସୁଶାନ୍ତ କୁମାର ବେହେରା ଓ ଶେଖ ହାଜୀ ଅଲ୍ଲୀ ସଂଚାଳନ କରିଥିଲେ।

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Prachi Parikrama (ପ୍ରାଚୀ ପରିକ୍ରମା)- Newsletter, Dec-2014

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Prachi Parikramaପ୍ରାଚୀ ପରିକ୍ରମାNewsletter,Dec-2014

Prachi Parikrama

Prachi Parikrama
Prachi Parikrama- Dec, 2014

ସଂସ୍କୃତି ଓ ସଭ୍ୟତା କୁ ଯୁବ ପିଢୀ ନିକଟରେ ପହଞ୍ଚାଇବାର ନୂତନ ପ୍ରୟାସ

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ସଂସ୍କୃତି ଓ ସଭ୍ୟତାକୁ ଯୁବପିଢୀ ନିକଟରେ ପହଞ୍ଚାଇବାର ନୂତନ ପ୍ରୟାସ

 – ଚକ୍ରଧର ବେହେରା, ଆବାହକ, ପ୍ରାଚୀ ଉପତ୍ୟକା ବିକାଶ ମଞ୍ଚ

ନିଜ ଅଞ୍ଚଳକୁ ଜାଣିବା, ତା’ର ପ୍ରାଚୀନ ସଭ୍ୟତା, ଋଦ୍ଧିମନ୍ତ ସଂସ୍କୃତି ଓ ପ୍ରତିଷ୍ଠିତ ରୀତି ନୀତି କୁ ବୁଝିବାକୁ ଆଜିର ନୂତନ ପିଢୀ ପାଖରେ ସମୟ ନଥିବା ପରି ମନେହୁଏ ।ଆଜିର ଯୁବପିଢୀ ବୈଷୟିକ ଜ୍ଞାନକୌଶଳ ଓ ସୂଚନା ପ୍ରଯୁକ୍ତି ବିଦ୍ୟା ସହ ଏତେ ମାତ୍ରାରେ ସଂଶ୍ଳିଷ୍ଟ ହୋଇଯାଇଛି ଯେ ତା ପାଖରେ ତା’ର ନିଜ ସଭ୍ୟତା ସଂସ୍କୃତି ବିଷୟରେ ଟିକେ ବି ଜାଣିବାକୁ ସମୟ ନାହିଁ । ପୁରପଲ୍ଲୀ ରେ ସେ ଭାଗବତ ଟୁଙ୍ଗି ହେଉ ଅଥବା ସାଂସ୍କୃତିକ ସଂଗଠନ କିମ୍ବା ପରମ୍ପରା ପ୍ରତି ରୁଚି ରଖିଥିବା ବ୍ୟକ୍ତିତ୍ଵ ମାନେ ଆଉ ନାହାଁନ୍ତି ଯେ ନୂଆ ପିଢୀ ମଧ୍ୟରେ ନିଜର କଥା, ନିଜ ସଭ୍ୟତା- ସଂସ୍କୃତି ବିଷୟରେ ଅଭିରୁଚି ଜାଗ୍ରତ କରେଇବାରେ ସକ୍ଷମ ହୋଇପାରିବେ। ଯଦିଓ କିଛିମାତ୍ରାରେ ଅଛନ୍ତି, ନୂଆ ପିଢୀକୁ ଏଦିଗରେ ଅକୃଷ୍ଟ କରିବାରେ ବିଫଳ ହୋଇଛନ୍ତି କହିବା ଅତ୍ୟୁକ୍ତି ହେବନି ।

       ଆଜିର ଯୁବପିଢୀ ସୂଚନା ପ୍ରଯୁକ୍ତି ବିଦ୍ୟା ର ବହୁଳ ବ୍ୟବହାର କରୁଥିବାର ଦେଖିବାକୁ ମିଳେ । ଗାଁ-ଗଣ୍ଡା ଠୁଁ ଆରମ୍ଭ କରି ସହର ପ୍ରର୍ଯ୍ୟନ୍ତ ସବୁଠି ମୋବାଇଲ ଫୋନ୍ ଓ ସୋସିଆଲ୍ ମିଡିଆ ଯଥା – ଫେସବୁକ୍ ଓ ଟ୍ଵିଟର୍ ର ବ୍ୟବହାର ଯୁବଗୋଷ୍ଠୀ ମଧ୍ୟରେ ବେଶ୍ ଆଦୃତ ହୋଇପାରିଛି । ଏହିଭଳି ଏକ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତିତ ସମୟରେ ସେମାନଙ୍କ କ୍ଷେତ୍ରରେ ସଭ୍ୟତା ଓ ସଂସ୍କୃତି କୁ ଜାଣିବାପାଇଁ ପୁସ୍ତକ ଓ ପତ୍ର-ପତ୍ରିକା ପଢିବା ବା ସଭା-ସମିତି ରେ ଯୋଗଦେବା କଷ୍ଟସାଧ୍ୟ ବ୍ୟାପାର ହୋଇପଡିଛି । ତେଣୁ ସେମାନଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରେ ସଂସ୍କୃତି ଓ ସଭ୍ୟତା ସମ୍ପର୍କରେ ସଚେତନତା ଜାଗ୍ରତ କରେଇବାକୁ ହେଲେ ଆଉ ପରବର୍ତ୍ତୀ ପିଢୀ ନିକଟରେ ଏସବୁକୁ ପହଞ୍ଚାଇବାକୁ ହେଲେ ବର୍ତମାନର ସୁଦୂର ପ୍ରସାରୀ ସୂଚନା ପ୍ରଯୁକ୍ତି ବିଦ୍ୟା ଜ୍ଞାନ କୌଶଳ ଗୁଡିକର ବ୍ୟବହାର ଅପରିହାର୍ଯ୍ୟ ।

       ସୂଚନା ପ୍ରଯୁକ୍ତି ବିଦ୍ୟା ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ ସଭ୍ୟତା ସଂସ୍କୃତି ର ପ୍ରଚାର, ପ୍ରସାର ଓ ପୁନଃଜାଗରଣ କରିବାର ଏକ ପ୍ରୟାସ ଆରମ୍ଭ କରିଛି ପ୍ରାଚୀ ଉପତ୍ୟକା ବିକାଶ ମଞ୍ଚ ।ପୁରାଣ ପ୍ରସିଦ୍ଧ ପବିତ୍ର ପ୍ରାଚୀନଦୀ ଆଜି ପ୍ରାୟତଃ ମୃତବତ କିନ୍ତୁ ଏହି ନଦୀ ଉପତ୍ୟକାରେ ଏବେ ବି ବିଦ୍ୟମାନ ଅନେକ ଧାର୍ମିକ ଅନୁଷ୍ଠାନ, ମଠ ଓ ମନ୍ଦିର । ଏକଦା ଏହି ପ୍ରାଚୀନ ନଦୀ କୂଳରେ କବି ଶ୍ରୀଜୟଦେବ ସୁପ୍ରସିଦ୍ଧ କାବ୍ୟଗୀତି “ଗୀତଗୋବିନ୍ଦ” ରଚନା କରିଥିଲେ ଓ କବି ରାମକୃଷ୍ଣ ନନ୍ଦ ତାଙ୍କର କାଳଜୟୀ ସୃଷ୍ଟି “ଆହେ ଦୟାମୟ ବିଶ୍ଵବିହାରୀ” ମଧ୍ୟ ରଚନା କରିଥିଲେ । କିନ୍ତୁ ବିଡମ୍ବନାର ବିଷୟ ଯେ ପ୍ରାଚୀନଦୀ ଆଜି ଅର୍ଦ୍ଧଜୀବିତ ଆଉ ଏହାର କୂଳ ମଣ୍ଡନ କରିଥିବା ଧାର୍ମିକ ଓ ସାଂସ୍କୃତିକ କେନ୍ଦ୍ର ଗୁଡିକ ଅବହେଳିତ ଓ କାଳର କରାଳ ଗର୍ଭରେ ଲୀନ ହେବାକୁ ବସିଲାଣି । ସେହି ପବିତ୍ର ନଦୀ ଓ ତଟବର୍ତ୍ତୀ କିର୍ତ୍ତୀରାଜି ଗୁଡିକ ଅବହେଳିତ ଓ ଲୋକଲୋଚନ ଆଢୁଆଳରେ ରହିବାରେ ଆମମାନଙ୍କ ଅଜ୍ଞତା ମଧ୍ୟ ଏକରକମରେ ଦାୟୀ । ସଭ୍ୟତା ଓ ସଂସ୍କୃତିର ମହାନତା ଗୋଟିଏ ପିଢୀ ଠାରୁ ଆଉ ଏକ ନୂତନ ପିଢୀକୁ ପରିବାହିତ ନହୋଇପାରିଲେ ସେ ସଭ୍ୟତାର ମହନୀୟତା ସେହିଠାରେ ଲୋପପାଇଥାଏ । ତାକୁ ହିଁ ସଂସ୍କୃତିର ଅପରିବାହିତା କୁହାଯାଏ, ଯାହାକି ଆମମାନଙ୍କର ଅଜ୍ଞାନତା ଓ ଅପରିମାଣଦର୍ଶିତା ବୋଲି ଧରାଯାଏ ।

       ପ୍ରାଚୀ ଉପତ୍ୟକା ବିକାଶ ମଞ୍ଚ କୌଣସି ଏକ ନାମିଦାମୀ ସାଂସ୍କୃତିକ ସଂଗଠନ ନୁହେଁ ଅବା ପେଷାଦାର ସ୍ଵେଚ୍ଛାସେବୀ ସଂସ୍ଥା ନୁହେଁ ।ଏହା କେତେକ ସ୍ଥାନୀୟ ଶିକ୍ଷିତ ଯୁବକ ମାନଙ୍କର ଏକ ସଂସ୍କୃତି ଭିତ୍ତିକ ସଚେତନତାତ୍ମକ ପ୍ରୟାସ, ଯାହାକି ପ୍ରାରମ୍ଭିକ ପର୍ଯ୍ୟାୟରେ ସୋସିଆଲ ମିଡିଆ ତଥା ସର୍ବସାଧାରଣରେ ଆଦୃତ ନୂତନ ସୂଚନା ପ୍ରଯୁକ୍ତିବିଦ୍ୟା ଜ୍ଞାନକୌଶଳ ଆଧାରରେ ନୂଆପିଢୀ ନିକଟରେ ନିଜ ଅଞ୍ଚଳ, ଏହାର ସଂସ୍କୃତି ଓ ସଭ୍ୟତାର ମହନୀୟ ବାର୍ତ୍ତା ପହଞ୍ଚାଇବାର ଏକ ଅଭିନବ ଉଦ୍ୟମ । ଏହି ପ୍ରୟାସ ଏକ ସାଂସ୍କୃତିକ ଆନ୍ଦୋଳନ, ଯାହା ପ୍ରାଚୀ ନଦୀ ଉପତ୍ୟକାର ସଭ୍ୟତା ଓ ସଂସ୍କୃତିକୁ ସ୍ଥାନୀୟ ନୂତନପିଢୀ ନିକଟରେ ପରିଚିତ କରାଇବା ସହ ଅନ୍ୟପ୍ରାନ୍ତର ଲୋକମାନଙ୍କୁ ଅବଗତ କରାଇବାର ଲକ୍ଷ୍ୟ ରଖିଛି । ଏପରି ସଚେତନତା ସୃଷ୍ଟି ଦ୍ଵାରା ପ୍ରାଚୀ କୂଳର ଅବକ୍ଷୟୀମୁଖୀ ସାଂସ୍କୃତିକ ପରିବେଶ, ପରମ୍ପରା ଓ ଅବହେଳିତ ଧାର୍ମିକ ସ୍ଥଳୀ ଗୁଡିକୁ ବଞ୍ଚେଇ ରଖାଯାଇପାରିବ ଆଉ ଏହି ଉପତ୍ୟକାର ମହାନ ବ୍ୟକ୍ତିତ୍ଵ ମାନେ ଚିର ସ୍ମରଣୀୟ ହୋଇରହିପାରିବେ ।

       ପ୍ରାଚୀ ଉପତ୍ୟକା ବିକାଶ ମଞ୍ଚର ସକ୍ରିୟ ସଦସ୍ୟମାନେ ଦେଶ ବିଦେଶ ର କୋଣ ଅନୁକୋଣରେ ଅବସ୍ଥାନ କରୁଥିଲେ ମଧ୍ୟ ପ୍ରାଚୀନଦୀ ସଭ୍ୟତା ବିଷୟରେ ନିଜସ୍ୱ ଗବେଷଣା ଦ୍ଵାରା ସୂକ୍ଷ୍ମ ତଥ୍ୟ ସବୁ ସଂଗ୍ରହ କରି ଫେସବୁକ୍ ଓ ଟ୍ଵିଟର୍ ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ ସୁନ୍ଦର ଭାବେ ପରିବେଷଣ କରୁଛନ୍ତି । ଅପରପକ୍ଷରେ ମଞ୍ଚସହ ଯୋଡି ହୋଇଥିବା ସ୍ଥାନୀୟ ଯୁବଗୋଷ୍ଠୀ ଓ ଅନ୍ୟ ଅଞ୍ଚଳର ଲୋକମାନେ ଫଟୋଚିତ୍ର, ଗ୍ରାଫିକ୍ସ ଓ ତଥ୍ୟାବଳୀ ଆକାରରେ ପ୍ରାଚୀନଦୀ ର ଅନେକ ମହାନ ଗାଥା ସହଜରେ ଓ କମ୍ ସମୟରେ ଜାଣିପାରୁଛନ୍ତି । ଯେହେତୁ ଫଟୋଚିତ୍ରଟିଏ ଗୋଟିଏ ଲେଖା ତୁଳନାରେ ସୂକ୍ଷ୍ମଭାବେ ଓ କମ୍ ସମୟରେ ଅନେକ ତଥ୍ୟ ପ୍ରଦାନ କରିପାରେ, ଏହି ମଞ୍ଚ ପ୍ରାଚୀନଦୀ କୂଳର ଯେକୌଣସି ବିଷୟକୁ ସମ୍ୟକ ବର୍ଣ୍ଣନା ସହ ଫଟୋଚିତ୍ର ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ ଉପସ୍ଥାପନ କରିଥାଏ ।

       ଏପରି ଏକ ଉପସ୍ଥାପନ ଥିଲା ପ୍ରାଚୀ କୂଳରେ ଜନ୍ମିତ କବି ରାମକୃଷ୍ଣ ନନ୍ଦ ଙ୍କ ବିଷୟରେ । ମଞ୍ଚର ଅନେକ ସଦସ୍ୟ କବି ରାମକୃଷ୍ଣ ନନ୍ଦ ଙ୍କ କାଳଜୟୀ ସୃଷ୍ଟି “ଆହେ ଦୟାମୟ ବିଶ୍ଵବିହାରୀ” ପ୍ରାର୍ଥନା ସହ ସୁପରିଚିତ ଥିଲେ ହେଁ , ରାମକୃଷ୍ଣ ନନ୍ଦ ସେହି ସର୍ବଆଦୃତ ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟ ପ୍ରାର୍ଥନାର ରଚୟିତା ବୋଲି ଅନେକ ଜାଣିନଥିଲେ ଆଉ ତାଙ୍କ ଜନ୍ମସ୍ଥାନ ଓ କର୍ମସ୍ଥଳୀ ଏକଦା ପ୍ରାଚୀ ନଦୀ କୂଳରେ ଥିଲାବୋଲି ଜାଣି ଅନେକ ଚକିତ ହୋଇଯାଇଥିଲେ । ସେହି କବି, ତାଙ୍କ ପତ୍ନୀ ଓ ସେମାନଙ୍କ ନାମରେ ନାମିତ ସ୍ମୃତି ପରିଷଦର ର ବିରଳ ଫଟୋଚିତ୍ର ଗୁଡିକ ମଞ୍ଚର ପ୍ରଶଂସକ ମାନଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରେ ବେଶ୍ ଆଦୃତ ହୋଇଥିବାର ଦେଖିବାକୁ ମିଳିଥିଲା ।

       ସେହିପରି ପ୍ରାଚୀନଦୀ ଏକଦା ସୁନାବ୍ୟା ଥିଲା ଓ ସାଧବପୁଅମାନେ ଏହାର ଧାରରେ ବୋଇତ ମେଲାଣିନେଇ ସିଂହଳ, ଜମ୍ବୁଦ୍ଵୀପ ଓ ବାଲି ଆଦି ସ୍ଥାନକୁ ନୌବାଣିଜ୍ୟରେ ଯାଉଥିଲେ । କୋଣାର୍କ ମନ୍ଦିର ନିର୍ମାଣରେ ବ୍ୟବହୃତ ବିଶାଳକାୟ ପ୍ରସ୍ତରଖଣ୍ଡ ସବୁ ପ୍ରାଚୀ ନଦୀରେ ନୌକା ଯୋଗେ ବୁହାଯାଇଥିବା କଥା ମଧ୍ୟ ଏଇ ମଞ୍ଚରେ ଚିତ୍ର ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ ଉପସ୍ଥାପିତ ହୋଇଥିଲା, ଯାହା ଅନେକଙ୍କ ପାଇଁ ବିସ୍ମୟକର ତଥ୍ୟଥିଲା ।

       ଏହି ମଞ୍ଚରେ ବର୍ତ୍ତମାନ ସୁଦ୍ଧା ଏକ ହଜାରରୁ ରୁ ଅଧିକ ସମର୍ଥକ ଫେସବୁକ୍, ଟ୍ଵିଟର୍ ଓ ଅନ୍ୟାନ୍ୟ ସୋସିଆଲ ମିଡିଆ ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ ସଂଶ୍ଳିଷ୍ଟ ଅଛନ୍ତି । ଯେହେତୁ ଅଧିକାଂଶ ସଦସ୍ୟ ଛାତ୍ରଛାତ୍ରୀ ଅଛନ୍ତି, ସେମାନଙ୍କୁ ଶିକ୍ଷା, ତାଲିମ ଓ କର୍ମନିଯୁକ୍ତି ସୂଚନା ବିତରଣର କରିବାକୁ ପ୍ରାଚୀ ଉପତ୍ୟକା ବିକାଶ ମଞ୍ଚ ଯୋଜନା ରଖିଛି । ଏଭଳି ମହତ ସାଂସ୍କୃତିକ ଆନ୍ଦୋଳନକୂ ଅଧିକ ଲୋକାଭିମୁଖୀ କରିବାକୁ ଭବିଷ୍ୟତରେ ବିଭିନ୍ନ ପ୍ରକାର ପ୍ରତ୍ୟକ୍ଷ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟାନୁଷ୍ଠାନ ଯୋଜନା ମଧ୍ୟ ରହିଛି । ଏହି ଆନ୍ଦୋଳନରେ ଯୋଗଦେବାକୁ ବିଶେଷକରି ସମସ୍ତ ସ୍ଥାନୀୟ ଯୁବଗୋଷ୍ଠୀ ଙ୍କୁ ପ୍ରାଚୀ ଉପତ୍ୟକା ବିକାଶ ମଞ୍ଚର ଆହ୍ଵାନ ।

Prachi Valley Developmen​t Forum’s Demand in News

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PVDF’s Demand in News

The Prachi Valley Development Forum (PVDF), which has been spearheading a mission to protect ancient monuments and the rich socio-cultural assets on holy Prachi River Valley Region spread across Cuttack, Puri, Khurda and Jagatsinghpur district demanded the State Government to ensure protection measures for the treasure troves of historical importance.
In recent days the valley has reported missing of many ancient manuments, statues and idols. An antique Jain Adinatha idol was stolen from Grameshwar temple at Nivarana Village on Prachi River under Nilai police station of Cuttack district on 5 January 2014. It has been over 5 months; the local police’s investigation heads nowhere.
Prachi Valley Development Forum (PVDF) demands speedy investigation and recovery of the idol immediately. Here is the news published in the Odia daily, Sambad on 24 May 2014.
Published in The Sambad Dt. 24.05.2014
Published in The Sambad Dt. 24.05.2014

Prachi Valley Jain Lord Adinatha Deb idol theft case: No headway in investigations.

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Prachi Valley Jain Lord Adinatha Deb idol theft case: No headway in investigations

PVDF demands speedy investigation & protection mechanism for all monuments on Prachi River region

Chakradhar Behera, New Delhi, 19 May 2014

An antique Jain Adinatha idol was stolen from Grameshwar temple at Nivarana Village on Prachi River under Nilai police station of Cuttack district on 5 January 2014. It has been over 5 months; the local police’s investigation heads nowhere. The villagers suspected some locals involved in the lifting of Jain Idol, but Police didn’t look to that angle as some of the suspects belong to a powerful political party. Prachi Valley Development Forum demands speedy investigation and recovery of the idol immediately.

The black-stone statue of Jain Adinatha Deb stolen from the Grameswar temple at Nivarana village under Niali Police Station of Cuttack district in Odisha on 5th January 2014 is believed to be built by the Somvamsha rulers in the 10th century AD.

It is regarded as one of the rarest Jain statues in Odisha. The 2.5 feet height black-stone statue of Jain Adinatha Deb in a sitting posture was placed on 4 feet high sinahasan (throne) was lifted in the mid night of the fateful day, said the temple priest Madhabananda Dikhit in his complaint to the Niali police. The market value of the antique statue could be around one crore rupees.  

According to Dikhit, three unknown persons visited the temple during daytime on the same day and enquired about the spiritual importance of the deities worshiped in that temple. Villagers suspect that those visitors with the help of some locals might have lifted the idol, which could not be lifted without involving 6-7 people. Coincidentally there was an unusual power cut for the entire night, which the villagers suspect could be part of the game plan.

The villagers in a Gram Sabha raised the involvement of some locals and informed the police but after a brief interrogation police let them off for the want of evidences. Since then there is no headway in the investigation.

Researchers opined that the stolen Adinatha statue was the second Jain sculpture in India. Similar type of one Adinatha statue is now in Madhya Pradesh, said Hansanath Sahoo, a local scholar, researching on Prachi Valley culture and traditions.

Mythology as believed that the holy water emanating from the nucleus (Nabhi) of Lord Adinatha Deb or Lord Kandarpa Sen had curing effect on eye ailments.

Since a number of ancient temples and moths are located on the bank of legendary river Prachi, a group of antique theft racket is active on the river valley area and in recent days a series of theft cases being registered at various police stations in Cuttack, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Khurda district.

The Prachi valley Development Forum appeals the State Government, Culture and Tourism Department and the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) to act immediately towards safeguarding the ancient sculptures. We demand a thorough and speedy investigation into all temple theft incidents on Prachi River valley area.

Media Reports (Sambad Odia Daily)

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Gateway to Gita Gobindam: A memoir of a visitor to Kenduli

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Gateway to Gita Gobindam:A memoir of a visitor to Kenduli Jayadev Peeth

By- Dr.Piyush Ranjan Rout *

It was my first visit to the place where Jayadev was born. Jayadev, the poet of the Geeta Govinda, was born in this small village Kenduvilwa (Kenduli) on the bank of River Prachi. Adding to the holiness of the village River Prachi, as regarded the Ganga of Odisha in the Puranas flows in the north and the sacred Kusabhadra of mythological importance flows on the south. The vast extensive shady groves of Kendu and Bilva trees once stretching along the village justified the name Kenduvilva.



On entering the village from the west, the temple of Sri Nrisinghanatha first comes to sight where two beautiful images Laxmi and Nrusimha made of hard black granite stone. Close to the temple, there is a branch of Trimali monastery of Puri. This matha was constructed by Tirumala Ray of Vijayanagara State in the 16th century A.D. Padmavati temple is located on the outskirts of the village.


Recently, the Orissa govt. has taken some step for the development of Kenduvilwa village. A beautiful garden named Jayadev Heritage Project is constructed in this village. In this vatika (garden) one can find all the creepers and trees as described in Geetagovinda. Besides the vatika, an archeological museum, Panthasala, Jayadeva Handicraft Centre, Jayadeva Handloom Centre are also constructed to attract visitors.




A place that offered many things to witness and also raised several questions in my mind- if we can’t manage, then why do we made such infrastructure?  I feel the surrounding of the Kenduvilwa village along with history of Gita Govindam can offer a very interesting tourist destination for people living close by to Bhubaneswar and that is only possible if we keep it in proper order. I mean, water must flow in designed canal and water bodies must carry water or Lilly or Lotus not plastics or garbage etc.


* Dr. Piyush Ranjan Rout is an Urban Planning Expert and Co-Founder cum Executive Director of Local Governance Network