Describe the early morning scene of puri as described by Mahapatra in “Dawn at Puri”?

Describe the early morning scene of puri as described by Mahapatra in “Dawn at Puri”?

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  1. The morning scene at Puri is full of noises of crows (which are often considered a sign of death). There is a skull of a human in the so-called holy sand which depicts the hunger and poverty of India.  Many women who are wearing white clothes are waiting to enter the temple. White clothes show that they all are widows who cannot marry now and are going to the temple for peace. But the poet appears to be critical of this culture where a woman has no life without her husband.

    There is darkness (hopelessness) in their eyes through their belief though the sun is shining. In other words, the promises of religious people seem to be futile as their life is useless without their husbands.

    There are hundreds of beggars around the temple who are nameless i.e. they have no value in society. In addition, there are also Dalits or low castes who are not allowed to enter the temple. The line shows the hollowness of religion and discrimination against a certain section. There are joyless dead bodies burning in fire. Poet’s mother desired to be cremated there

    So, the morning which is usually considered as a symbol of hope is full of despair and hopelessness. The poem is thus ironical in which the poet exposes the hollowness of belief and religious practices.

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  2. “Discuss the state of mind with the poet in the poem, stanzas written in dejection near Nepal”

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