Thursday, November 7, 2013

Buddhism in Kurma

The ancient Buddhist site of Kurma is situated 8 kms to the south-east of Konark. Very little is known about this place when compared to other famous Bhuddust sites in Orissa.



The excavation work done by Orissa State Archaeology department has led to the discovery of many interesting structures and sculptures in the area. The mound of bricks in a well laid format has been attributed to the presence of monastery between 9th and 10th century.



A small modern structure houses three Buddhist images that have been discovered in the area. One of them is crowned Buddha seated in Bhumisparsa mudra.



Other two are Padmapani Avalokitesvara and Revanta. These three images are jointly worshiped as 'Yamadharma' by local inhabitants. Even though very less is known about this place it is worth a visit.

37 comments:

Cloudia said...

Namaste



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Our photos said...

Nice photos.
Greetings, RW & SK

Team G Square said...

The banyan tree near the stupa remains had a lot of interesting birds. Nice to see a post on Kuruma

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Good find.

R Niranjan Das said...

Interesting. Never heard about this place. Thanks for sharing this.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Lovely...

Bhavana Lalwani said...

pictures speaks a lot.. I am a history student. bt never heard about this place.. nice post

Carver said...

Looks like a beautiful place and an interesting post.

Sylvia K said...

A lovely place, Rajesh!! Looks as though you had good weather, too!! Enjoy your weekend!

Sally in WA said...

I like how flowers have been been placed on the Buddhas.

sceneoftranquility said...

Interesting discovery.

Al said...

I'm always impressed with the carvings and stonework in your temples - nice photos.

Karen said...

Treasures!

DeniseinVA said...

Magnificent!

ladyfi said...

How charming those flowery images are!

Carletta said...

As always Rajesh you bring us wonderous places with interesting history. Thanks for sharing that and your wonderful photos!

Leovi said...

Wonderful sculptures of Buddha, nice photos!

eileeninmd said...

The Buddhist images are cool! What a neat discovery! Great photos, have a happy weekend!

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very different and beautiful :)

Mama Zen said...

What gorgeous discoveries!

George said...

The sculptures are beautiful. I'm glad they survived all these years.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The flowers are such a lovely unexpected added touch to the wonderful statues. Interesting that so little is known about this site.

genie said...

These are beautiful sculptures. I am amazed that they have survived to well. It is so nice that the people visiting are leaving flowers at the Buddhas.

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Beautiful place. Thanks for sharing :)

Eli Z said...

Unknown to me, but it looks wonderful! Great pictures- thanks for sharing:-)

LindyLou Mac said...

It looks well worth a visit.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Wonderful sculptures!

Irene said...

Beautiful shots ... amazing Buddhist images.

Happy Sunday!

Irene

Lina Gustina said...

Those are treasures that should be kept.

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acreativeharbor.com said...

Informative post and great photos for HBM ~ thanks,
carol, namaste

Gillena Cox said...

very interesting; have a nice Monday

much love...

edenhills said...

Beautiful. It's amazing how much is concealed where the earth has reclaimed places.

Annesphamily said...

Your images are wonderful! I love visiting for Blue Monday, there is always something terrific to see! Please enjoy your week and thanks for sharing!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Loving the dappled shadows by the ruins! YAM xx

Maniparna Sengupta Majumder said...

Beautiful stonework and architecture..thanks for sharing...

Abhijit Ray said...

Nice and interesting.

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

Interesting and Lovely captures :)