Altar of Power: The Temple and the State in the Land of Jagannatha Sixteenth to Nineteenth Centuries

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Manohar Publishers & Distributors, 2005 - Hindu temples - 262 pages
Is It Possible To Remove Political Institutions From Their Cultural Context? The Question Is A Relevant One In The Wake Of Recent Debates On The Role Of Religious And Social Identities In The Functioning Of The Modern Indian State. The Ritual Bond Between The Jagannatha Temple, Puri And The Gajapati Kings Of Orissa Aptly Demonstrates The Enduring Power Of Such A Link. This Book Explores The Evolution Of This Relationship Since The Construction Of The Temple By Anantavarma Codagangadeva In Ad 1147, Until The Takeover Of Orissa By The British East India Company In 1803.

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