This book deals with phases of Mahima Dharma's evolution over a historical period. It conglomerates historical research and analyses Bhima Bhoi's Odia writings on Mahima Dharma to open new scope.
It evaluates how the raja-brahman-sarkar and their associates propounded a new socio-political-religious order to strengthen their hegemony over the tribal-peasants and lowly placed jati societies in the 19th century. How some individuals and groups reacted and protested against the hegemony drawing upon religious ideas and ideas from tradition itself and created a separate space in the society? For them religion became a language of protest, innovation and expression of individuality and separate identity. How the religion became instrument to address the misery and suffering of people? How socio-cultural ideas and values affected the formation in the organizational structure of Mahima Dharma? How Joranda became the main centre of the faith, and how in the process of evolution Mahima Dharma's permanent structures were established? How elaborate norms, rituals and practices strengthened resulting in institutionalization? How in this process the anti-establishment, anti-iconoclastic and radical orientation gradually diminished ?
It also deals how an innovative and radical woman ascetic initiating new bhaktas in mata matha and new instances of ongoing changes. To set the record straight that institutionalization is not a once for all process. It is rather an ongoing process and the pull and pressure comes not only from spiritual reason, it also adapts to the mundane constraint and interest.
This book will help the scholars and researchers interested in socio-economic history and history of religion.