Adi Shankaracharya, in the 9th century, made Puri a centre of his spiritual ideology & message, and established the Govardhan Pitha there. Another great saint, Ramanujacharya, the propounder of Visishtadvaita philosophy established the Embar Matha in Puri. Ramanujacharya is also said to have influenced the Ganga King Anantavaraman Chodaganga into turning to Vaishnavism. He tried but was prevented from modifying the rituals at the Puri Jagannath Temple. Both these preceptors have had a lasting influence on the religious landscape of Odisha for centuries.
The speaker Dr Godabarisha Mishra PhD is Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Madras. His areas of specialization are Vedanta, Buddhism and Phenomenology. Dr Mishra been awarded the Charles Wallace visiting Fellowship at Oxford University, UK. He was invited as a Visiting academic to teach Graduate and Post-graduate students at Oriental Institute, and Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, University of Oxford, UK. He has been a visiting faculty at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Mauritius. He has served as an Editor of the Journal of Oriental Research at Kuppuswami Shastri Research Institute, Chennai. Besides four books, Professor Mishra has more than forty research papers on Classical and Contemporary Indian Thought and Comparative Philosophy, published in national and international journals.