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Arun Kolatkar's Jejuri: A Conflict between Myth and Reality, Faith and Scepticism

Amar Dutta

Myth and mythical association with different gods and goddesses play a significant role in Indian English
literature. Arun Kolatkar’s Jejuri is a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winning collection of poems about a pilgrim
place of the same name in Maharashtra and mythical stories associated with the local god Khandoba. Kolatkar
tries to exploit the age old theme of a religious pilgrimage through his poetic persona, Monahar, who is a
modern urban sceptic. To him Jejuri does not appear to be a spiritual place or a sacred place of worshipping
God. Rather it is a barren, desolated and ruined place. This paper aims to analyze the conflict between the
mythical association of the place and the god Khandoba and the socio-cultural and economic reality of the
place; between the blind faith of the local people and the pilgrims who visit there and the sceptic attitude of
an urban tourist with an objective eye and rational mind.

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