Monday, October 22, 2012

Buddhism in Orissa

Orissa located on the east coast of India is a mystical land where ancient heritage and modern today exist as one. A place known for awe inspiring monuments has thousands of temples, caves stupas. Even though Buddha not known to have visited this place, Buddhisn has been followed here right from the time of its inception. Scholars believe that today's Jajpur and its neighboring places are the sacred land of Mahayana sect of Buddhism. From 7th century to 15th century Buddhism flourished in this region. This is supported by the discovery of innumerable stupas, monasteries and antiquities of the period all over this place. 



It is well known that after the Kalinga war, Emperor Ashoka by seeing the tremendous loss of life embraced Buddhism. This ancient place Kalinga is part of Orissa. After Kalinga War, he constituted the fifth province of the Mauryan Empire with it’s capital at Toshali (now known as Dhauli).



There are many Buddhist sites in Orrisa of which most famous are Udaygiri, Lalitgiri and Ratangiri. Udayagiri is a Buddhist complex with major stupas and monasteries. Even today here new Stupas are discovered. Lalitgiri is known to have Buddhist University in those days. There are various interesting structures here. Even Lalitgiri has ancient Stupas and monasteries. 

Apart from these one can see Shanti Stupa and  Rock Edicts of Ashoka at Dahuli. The recent findings from excavations at Padmapur, Banpur, Kuruma, Jaugada  show spread of Orissa in the region. I have visited main sites here and will post more of them soon.

44 comments:

Cloudia said...

Lifetimes it would take to know India!



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Genie said...

That first stone sculpture is remarkable in its detail and the way it has survived the centuries. Your other shots are lovely, too. genie

Ranjana's craft blog said...

Very informative. I didn't know about these temples.

P.N. Subramanian said...

Nice informative post. Shall be looking forward to other pictures coming up here.

rupam sarma said...

Great to read your Post.Thanks.

http://joshidaniel.com/ said...

old and beautiful :)

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice post on Buddhism in Odisha.

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Robin said...

What remarkable sculptures, I'd love to see them someday...

Jeevan said...

Interesting... I think u post on Udayagiri early too.

Good compo on pictures!

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful carvings and monuments. India is an interesting country. Thanks for sharing.

Gary said...

Great tour, Rajesh. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sylvia K said...

Great post and captures for the day, Rajesh! I always enjoy reading the fascinating history of your country!! Thanks for sharing! Have a good week!

Photo Cache said...

very nice post.

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Unfortunately Hinduism drove Buddhism out of our country. But it is thriving predominantly in so many South East Asian countries !

Al said...

Incredible old stonework and such history!

ladyfi said...

That Buddha head is exquisite!

Leovi said...

Beautiful photos, I like that place, wonderful artistic catches. Greetings.

Katrin Klink said...

Beautiful pictures, especially the first one!

Indrani said...

Lots to see! Hope there will be time for me.

George said...

This is a very interesting and informative post. Thank you.

Carver said...

Fascinating post and great shots. Carver, ABC Wednesday Team

Roger Owen Green said...

OUTSTANDING, as always!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Lowell said...

Fascinating. I've read that many scholars have concluded that Buddha was not a real person but perhaps a mythological creation comprised of a variety of "ideal" types.

Some scholars believe that about Jesus, too.

Gattina said...

The buddha head is amazing ! Very interesting post !

photowannabe said...

So ancient and dramatic.

jewaicious said...

What a beautiful sculpture, with such lovely details.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful carvings in this Holy place Rajesh. I had to Google to find out what a 'stupa' was...so that was a new thing for me to learn today (good for my aging brain!). Lovely posts.

lotusleaf said...

Beautiful sculpture.

Chubskulit Rose said...

I always admire the details of every sculpture you show.


Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

anney said...

Bautiful ancientplace!Very interesting!

Pietro said...

Wonderful post, Rajesh, interesting sculptures.

snowwhite said...

Thanks a lot for your interesting blog. The name, Ahoka sounds familiar to me. The reproduction of Ashoka pillar was presented by your country and it has been placed near Great Buddha Hall of Todai-ji Telmple.
Have a wonderful week.
keiko

Lisa Lynn said...

Amazing photos! Found you on ABC Wednesday :)

Joy said...

It is an interesting representation of the Buddha, both serene and strong.

Ash said...

Stunning sculptures!

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for the appreciation. We will soon explore these places in more detail.

Mama Pajama said...

so beautiful - would love to visit!

leizle demaisip said...

wish I could visit this place.

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R Sudhir Kumar said...

Beautiful images. My visit to Orissa is long pending. will refer to your posts!

chinkslounge said...

Wow!! Born and brought up in Orissa, I have a soft corner for this temple city in my heart. Loved the pics.do enjoy the Oriya food while your stay there. Healthiest kind of food I have ever written

Beloo Mehra said...

Seeing the serene face of Lord Buddha is always a delight for the eyes as well as the soul through the eyes.

Mousumi said...

I didn't know about these temples. Thanks for sharing such significant information that we all should know...

RAN IN JAN said...

i am from orissa, and yes there is buddhism in the northern part. But if you should visit, ''Jirang'' there is a buddhist monastery and it is really good.

Tomichan Matheikal said...

My curiosity is why Buddhism failed in India while it flourished outside.