Atibadi Jagannath Das

Harihara, one of the leading soldiers of the freedom struggle of India, was born to Mahadeb Brahma and Sradhadevi on the fourteenth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Phalguna in the year 1869 A.D. He hailed from the village of Sriramchandrapur of Sakhigopal in Puri district.
His educational career began with the village chahali and the middle vernacular school after which he joined in the Puri Zilla School with a scholarship from the government to complete the entrance examination. He did his F.A. from the Ravenshaw college. Though, he went to Calcutta to study LL.B at the instruction of Gopabandhu, he could not complete it. “Non-possession of other’s belongings” is a lesson was taught to him by the grandmother who insisted Harihara to return back the coconut that he lifted from the road while coming back to the house after finishing bath in the village pond. He tried to maintain village harmony by organising and participating in the fairs and festivals and serving to the people afflicted with the diseases alongwith the friends. The childhood friendship with Gopabandhu, Nilakantha, Krupasindhu and Ananta really matured at Ravenshaw College. Being bound by the self-resolution, Harihar accepted the invitation of Uma Charan Patnaik to join as teacher in Nilgiri school. But he left Nilgiri alongwith Gopabandhu Das when the political agent outrightly refused to establish a high school there. Then he joined on a request in the Ravenshaw Collegiate school as a substitute of a teacher who went on leave for some days only to leave after three months when he found that the later was not returning. He accepted the request when he was asked to join in the Pyari Mohan Academy at Cuttack established by Pyari Mohan Acharya. He took the challange to confront the naughty and unmindful boys of the classroom. He innovated a novel technique how to set these boys in right terms. He visited their houses and watched their movements and established a cordial relationship with the parents offering the scope to teach the boys freely. This changed the relation between the two. He did never punish boys for their faults rather he explained them convincingly so long they would admit their faults


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