Purusottamadeva (1607-1622 A.D.) and Narasimhadeva (1622-1647 A.D.)

In 1607 A.D., Purusottamadeva succeeded his father Ramachandradeva. During his reign, he witnessed the ferocious Mughal atrocity against Odisha. Jahangir was the Mughal emperor in Delhi during his reign, and he appointed Hasim Khan as the Subahdar of Odisha. He desired to march towards Khurda in order to avenge Purusottamadeva. One of his subordinates, Raja …

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Ramachandradeva I (1568-1607 A.D.)

Ramachandradeva’s ascension to the throne of the Bhoi dynasty at Khurda ushers in a glorious era for that dynasty. What is Ramachandradeva’s origin? As previously stated, Mukundadeva captured Danai Vidyadhara in Puri. When his son Ramai Routaray learned of this, he attempted to march towards Puri but was imprisoned at the fort of Rajahmundry by …

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Superstition

Krishna and Govinda were friends, residing in Rampur village. One day, they set out for the weekly market some ten miles away. They had hardly stepped out of their colony when they saw the milkman coming from the opposite direction. He had a pot of milk in his hand. “Ah! that’s a good omen,” remarked …

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Govinda Vidyadhara and Others

Odisha’s political landscape became tumultuous following Prataparudradeva’s demise. Treachery, consternation, and bloodshed became the norm. Gajapati Prataparudradeva had left no able successor to carry on Gajapati imperialism’s banner. Cowed down by feudatories’ selfish rivalry in politics, threatened by Muslim invasion, and facing economic ruin as a result of ceaseless wars fought during Prataparudradeva, mediaeval Odisha …

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Who was Wrong?

Sivananda was a learned man of Sivapuri. Several poets of the place used to send him their compositions for his opinion. The promising ones always received praise and encouragement from his. Poet laureate Achuthananda, however, had only scorn for them. He went about claiming that he was the only learned man in the kingdom. Whenever …

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Anglo-Maratha Conflicts in Odisha

The decline of Mughal Empire led to the rise of many small powers like the Marathas to declare themselves as independent powers. Some of them also started establishing themselves as important power in the political horizon of India by subduing the some states of India including Odisha either through war or diplomacy. In meanwhile, the …

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Omen

Ramaiah had blind belief on omens; he would wait for an auspicious time to set out from home, or attend to important work. One day, he left home on business. He had not walked ten paces before he heard someone sneezing. He took it to be a bad omen and started walking back home. Just …

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No One the Loser

A man walked along the road carrying a basket on his head. He was looking at the shops to decide where he would sell his ware. As he was careless, he tripped and fell down. All that was in the basket, too, fell down and lay shattered. They were glass tumblers and bowls. “Poor man!” the bystanders …

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