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Jagannatha Das
Ancient idol of the seer-poet in Puri
Ancient idol of the seer-poet in Puri's Bada Odia Matha, which Jagannatha himself established
Native name
ଅତିବଡ଼ି ଜଗନ୍ନାଥ ଦାସ
Kapileswarpur, Puri, Odisha, India
Nationality Indian
Notable worksOdia Bhagabata

Atibadi Jagannatha Dasa (Odia: ଅତିବଡ଼ି ଜଗନ୍ନାଥ ଦାସ, romanized: Atibaḍi Jagannātha Dāsa; c. 1491–1550) was an Odia poet and litterateur. He was one of the 5 great poets in Odia literature, the Panchasakha. He wrote the Odia Bhagabata.[1][2][3][4][5]

Early life

Dasa was born in Kapileswarpur Sasana (one of the 16 traditional Sasana villages in Puri) on Radhastami in 1491, in an established Brahmin family of Kaushiki Gotra. His mother was Padmabati Debi and his father was Bhagabana Dasa.

His father was a speaker of the Bhagavata in Utkala. Pleased with Bhagbana Dasa's elucidation of the Bhagavata, King Purushottama Deva, the then reigning king of Utkala[citation needed], gave him the title “Purana Panda”. He trained Jagannatha to follow him as a Purana Panda. Jagannatha Dasa was almost the same age as Chaitanya. Soon after their chance meeting under the Kalpa Bata, a spiritual kinship grew between the two that developed into a warm, lifelong friendship. Chaitanya was an avid admirer of Dasa and called him "Atibadi."

Literary works

Dasa wrote the Odia Bhagabata. It had a great influence in the standardizing of the Odia language. Its popularity in Odisha reached to the level of it being worshiped in many homes in Odisha. The villages in Odisha used to have a small house or room known as bhagabata tungi, where villagers would gather to listen to recitations of Dasa's Bhagabata. Many of its verses have become proverbs and are cited by people throughout Odisha.

The work includes 12 volumes and each volume has 10-30 chapters. Each chapter has 50 to 300 stanzas.

Gannath Das translated the Odia Bhagabata into English. The English translation is Readings from Bhagabata[6]


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  2. ^ "ATIBADI JAGANNATHA DAS, POET THE GREAT". Orissa Diary. Archived from the original on 2014-06-28. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  3. ^ "ATIBADI JAGANNATHA DAS". Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
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  6. ^ Das, G. N. (1 January 1996). Readings from Bhagabata. Abhinav Publications. ISBN 978-81-7017-337-3.