Odia Novel Shilapadma by Pratibha Ray is undoubtedlya best novel deals with the story of konark. She has received the Odisha Sahitya Akademi award for her novel Shilapadma in 1985.
There is a facade. There is no temple. That is what everyone calls the Konark Temple.
Padmakshetra or Orkakshetra Konark, a pilgrimage site. Punyatma Narasimha Deva was inspired by the religion of the Bay of Bengal and built the world-famous Konark temple for the worship of the Sun God.Konark is not only a symbol of the devotion of the Oriya nation, it is an indelible monument of Oriya art and talent. The Konark Temple is unique in the history of architecture. Even in the ruins, every stone in Konark is a surprise to the world for sculptural skills.But for those who visit Konark today, the lust for pleasure and entertainment is stronger in their minds than for piety or blackmail. Konark is not a place for pilgrimage or industrial research today. Today Konark is a playground of entertainment.Although the Konark Temple is an impressive sculpture of life cycle, it is the main attraction for most of them, the sexually explicit statues containing the embroidery symbol of the carved creation cycle.Some scholars also opine that these sexual images of Konark are of Konark-black art. Many are disgusted with these scenes.No one is reluctant to comment that the thoughts of the builders of the temple, the social life of the time, and the Kalinga artists were very low.
‘Shilapadma’ has history, has legends, has stories. History writes the story of the queen, the story of the pottery minister. So the name of King Narasingha, Queen Sitadevi, Minister of Construction Sadashiv Samantarai is mentioned in the history of Konark.The name of one of the twelve artists is not even mentioned in history. Therefore, it cannot be said that the sacrifices, devotion, dedication, love and love of the artist Kamal Maharana and the bride-to-be of Chandrabhaga are not completely unfounded and false on the history page.Who can tell how many of the hundreds of artists in the twelve years of their lives have not been crushed by the desires, lusts, and hopes of Konark? As I have seen the past seven hundred years in the imaginary eye, it has revealed the true gem. That which cannot be proved false can also be true.Konark is true, the hard work and dedication of the Konark artist is true, Konark’s art is true and finally Utkaliya and the greatness is true in Indian culture and tradition.Worshiped that truth with “Shilapadma”.
|Author||Dr Pratibha Ray|
|Product Dimention||Packaging approx in cm – 29 x 25 x 2|
|No of Pages||302|