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Original Oriya works

The original works of Oriya literature like Samhita, Gita, Malika, Bhajana, Janana, Chautisa, Chhandas, Chaupadis, Chitau, Poi, Boli, Padia, Champu, Pala, Suanga, Lila, Rasa and Samar Sahitya have immense popularity. We have made a systematic attempt to collect a number of them in the recent years. The chhandas reached the climax in the hands of Upendra Bhanja. His Vaidehisha Vilasha and Lavanyavati have been regarded as the masterpieces of Oriya literature. Among others Rama vibha and Kalpalata by Arjuna Dasa, Banamali Dasa and Chata Ichhavati of Banamali Dasa, Parimala of Narasimha Sena, Premalochana of Vishnu Dasa, Rasakallola of Dinakrushna Dasa, Raghunatha Vilasa of Dhananjaya Bhanja are the forerunners of Oriya Chhanda literature. After them Sadananda Kavi Surya Brahma, Abhimanyu Samanta Simhar, Bhakta Charana, Banamali Patnaik, Gopala Krishna and Kavi Surya Baladeva Rath became immortal through their writings of Rama Kayyas, Krushna Kavyas and other Oriya romantic Kavyas for the Oriya literature.

Vrata Kathas, Silpa sastras, Samara Sahitya (war literature) yet form one of the major collections of our Manuscripts section. The language of the Vrata Kathas are mostly in archaic proses. The Silpa sastras though deal with temple styles and other technical aspects yet are silent about their authors and the name of the texts. Among the samara sahityas we have Harihara Chaturanga, Vira Sarvasva, Samara Taranga, Vira Parakrama, Buddhapanka Yudha, Khalikota Yudha and Rana Taranga in our collection some of which are based on military sciences prevelant during the period and others describe wars among different princely states of Odisha. Samara Taranga written by Brajanatha Badajena narrates vividly the war between the great Maratha power of India and the native state of Dhenkanal and the eventual victory of the Dhenkanal king over the formidable Marathas.