Jagatsinghpur, Dec 13 (LocalWire) Ancient Odia poet and philosopher. Jashobanta Dasa’s birthplace continues be neglected due to lack of preservation, despite several cultural programs being arranged with intellectuals visiting the village on his birth anniversary every year.
Jashobanta Dasa, one of friends of Panchasakhaa, was born in 1482 at Adhang garh Nailo village under Biridi tahsil.
His father was Balabhadra Mala and his mother was Rekha Devi. He married Anjana Devi, sister of King Raghunath Champatti of Adhang Garh.
After marriage, he took Sannyasa (sainthood) and traveled to many places in India and attained mystic powers and was able to change his form at will. Famous saint Bhakt Salabeg was his disciple.
He wrote Govinda Chandra, Shiva Sarodaya, Sati Mala, Prema Bhakti, Brahma Geeta, Atma Pariche Geeta, a Malika (song of foretell) and several Bhajans.
He left his body at Adhang garh on Margsira Sukla Sathi.
The birthplace of Jasobanta at Adhang Garh is yet to be developed and preserved.. This peeth appears lifeless due to lack of maintenance by the local administration, claim locals.
Though, several poets and researchers have urged the state government to declare this spot as a tourist destination, but nothing seems to have been done yet.
Endowment Commission had formed a Trust for development of this peeth and in 2016, Rs 30,000 was given for daily rituals and Rs 10,000 for construction of Rath (cart festival).
“But this fund has also been stopped since last one year. As there is no permanent income, daily rituals and other expenditures are dependent on the contributions of devotees,” said a local.
“It is matter of regret that the birthplaces of other four poets, who were members of ‘Panchasakhas’, have been declared as tourist spots, while this peeth has not yet declared a ‘peeth’ due to administrative apathy,” he added.
Villagers have demanded to declare this spot as tourist destination with erection of boundary walls, panthasala and toilet facilities, renovation of old pond, beautification with light arrangement and other facilities.
Every year on Dec 13, Odisha Sahitya Academy, in collaboration with Jasobanth Sanskrutika Bikash Kala Anusthan, observe death anniversary of the poet.