The tale of Kanchi Avijana, also known as “Conquest of Kanchi” or “Kanchi-Kaveri,” is among the most well-known ones connected to Jagannath.Legend has it that the daughter of the Kanchi king was engaged to the Gajapati of Puri.The Gajapati King shocked the Kanchi King by cleaning the area in front of where the Ratha yatra’s chariots of Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra were stored.
The King of Kanchi turned down the marriage proposal because he believed that sweeping was beneath the dignity of a king and would not allow his daughter to wed a “Sweeper.” This gravely offended Gajapati Purushottam Deva, who in order to defend his reputation attacked the Kingdom of Kanchi. His army was routed by the Kanchi Army after his attack proved unsuccessful.
When the Gajapati King Purushottam Deva was defeated, he went back and prayed to Jagannath, the God of the Kalinga region, before organising a follow-up campaign to Kanchi. As a result of his prayers, Jagannath and Balabhadra left their temple in Puri and embarked on a horse-drawn journey to Kanchi. It is stated that Balabhadra rode a black horse and Jagannath a white horse. The mythology has had such a profound influence on Oriya culture that even the mere mention of the white horse and black horse conjures up images of Kanchi conquering the God in the imaginations of worshippers.Jagannath and Balabhadra were travelling when they were thirsty. They came upon a milkmaid named Manika, who offered them butter-milk and yoghurt to cure their thirst.Balabhadra gave her a ring instructing her to do so rather than paying her dues.
|Books name||Kanchi Kaberi / କାଞ୍ଚି କାବେରୀ|
|Author||Rama Shankara Ray|
|No Of pages||11|
|Publisher||Books And Books|