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Snana Mandapap of Shrimandir

The description of Snana Mandapa can be found in Niladri Mahodaya and Odia Literature. Since the deities themselves get seated on this platform and bathe in the most holy way, therefore the platform is called Snana Mandapa or Snana Bedi.
Before the reign of King Kapilendra Deba, a wooden platform near Pratihari Nijog and Bimana Saraghara(now famous as Shrimandir Branch Office) was used for Snana(bathing) rituals of the deities. During the reign of Kapilendra Deba,Bahara Bedhaa(Outer Complex) was constructed. During this construction, the current Snana Mandapa was built in the premises of Ananda Bazar. It is mentioned in Madala Panji that King Kapilendra Deba got the Snana Mandapa built in his third Anka(year) of the reign.
After many years from the construction of Snana Mandapa, the steps of the Mandapa were constructed by Gajapati Birakeshari Deba, a king of the Bhoi dynasty. This thing is mentioned in the book “Pracheena Utkala” written by Jagabandhu Singh. The Snana Mandapa was repaired and G.I pipes were installed during the administrative period of Paramaananda Tripathy. The rules for constructing a bathing pedestal for the deities are mentioned in the Puraanas and Sanhitaas. It is mentioned in Niladri Mahodaya that the platform must be constructed in the Ayeshaanya (north-east) corner of the temple. According to Skanda Purana, there should be a variety of trees near the platform and the nearby area should be very clean to please the gods. It is written in Bramha Purana that-:
“Krutwaa Sushobhana Manchan Pataakabhiralankrutam,
Soodrudha Sukha Sanchaaran Bastreyha Pushpayerinan Krutam”
This means that the platform must be decorated with flags,flowers and other decorative items to make it more attractive.
The Snana Mandapa is situated at the North-East corner of Ananda Bajar in the outer complex of Shrimandir.According to the record of rights of Shrimandir,Snana Mandapa is Plot №148.It is square-shaped and built of Baulamaala stones.It’s length is 54 feet and 6 inches and it is at a height of 6 feet and 6 inches from the floor of Ananda Bazara.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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