,the much adored and highly esteemed icons of Jagannath temple of Puri or its
counter parts elsewhere stand apart. They are an exception to the accustomed
practice. They are incomplete in detail. imperfect in parts and grotesque in
shape this is the correct assessment of truth in words, but not an' imputation
of any prejudice deserving to be - ailed blasphemy. The sanctity exuding from
every part and divinity they are enshrining in them are above question
or criticism, but when judged by the aesthetic norms, truth shuts the mouth for, any thing that falls from lips will be labeled irreverent, but it is not.
let us probe a little for this exigency. Sure its illumination is so complete
and thorough that one prostrates before them and crave for forgiveness. The
maker and the patron, though are instrumental equally in presentation of these
deities they deserve exoneration under conditions that operated mysteriously. It
is pre-ordained and a facet of God's sports . Now read the mysterious background
that impelled the maker and patron for this exigency They are elaborately dealt
with in legends. Commence your perusal first with the sanctity of idols and
then to background.