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Jai Jagannath: A Multilingual Film on Jagannath Culture - Odisha Bytes

Jai Jagannath is a 2007 Indian Hindu mythological film directed by Sabyasachi Mohapatra, released in 15 languages. Besides Odia and Hindi, it's dubbed versions were released in English, Bengali, Assamese, Chhattisgarhi, Bhojpuri, Rajasthani, Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Nepali languages. The film is based on the ancient scripture Laxmi Puran, which narrates the story of how Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra came to reside in Puri. The film also depicts the social and religious reforms initiated by Jagannath to end caste discrimination and promote universal brotherhood.

In this article, we will explore the story, significance, reception and popularity of Jai Jagannath movie. We will also answer some frequently asked questions about the movie.

The story of Jai Jagannath movie

The legend behind the movie

The story of Jai Jagannath movie is inspired by a legend that dates back to thousands of years ago. According to the legend, Lord Krishna's heart was immersed in the Dwarka sea after his cremation. It reappeared as an idol to a tribal king named Viswavasu, who worshipped it as Neela Madhaba. A king named Indradyumna from Puri heard about this idol and sent his priest Vidyapati to find it. Vidyapati married Viswavasu's daughter Lalita and persuaded him to show him the idol. However, when Vidyapati tried to take the idol away, it disappeared. Indradyumna was disappointed and prayed to Lord Vishnu for forgiveness. Lord Vishnu appeared in his dream and told him to build a temple for him in Puri. He also instructed him to carve three wooden idols from a log that would float on the sea. Indradyumna followed his instructions and built the temple. He also invited a divine carpenter to carve the idols. However, he was warned not to disturb him until he finished his work. Indradyumna became impatient and opened the door of the chamber where the carpenter was working. He found three incomplete idols with no hands or feet. He was shocked and regretted his action. But then he heard a voice from heaven that told him that these were the forms of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra. He was also told that these idols would be worshipped by all people irrespective of their caste or creed.

The production and release of the movie

Jai Jagannath movie was directed by Sabyasachi Mohapatra, who is a renowned filmmaker from Odisha. He has made several movies based on Odia literature and culture. He wanted to make a movie on Jagannath culture for a long time. He said that he was inspired by his father Kapileswar Prasad Mohapatra, who was a devotee of Lord Jagannath.

The movie was produced by B.Chintu Mohapatra with a budget of $ 1.4 million. It b70169992d

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