Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Monastery No. 1, Lalitgiri

Lalitgiri Buddhist complex has various structures of religious and architectural importance that have been excavated by the A.S.I.  There are various monasteries here and we shall rediscover Monastery No. 1. is the largest one and measures 36 sq.mtr externally. 



On the basis of architectural ground and excavated material this monastery came into existence between 10th and 11th century A.D during the period of Bhaumakara and Somavamsi dynasties. 



The monastery rectangular on plan is facing to south east and oriented north-west to south-east. The monastery has an open courtyard with chambers in all side fronted by a veranda and a sanctum. The courtyard in the center measures 12.9 sq.mtr



For courtyard and doorjambs the material used is Khandolite stone are used and bricks are used for other structures. 

30 comments:

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice. Glad to know more about this.

Light and Voices said...

Very interesting religious site. I've never heard of the stone Klandolite. Got to learn something everyday. Thanks for posting.
JM, Illinois-U.S.A.

Bibi said...

It must have been splendid so long ago.

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Great pictures !

ladyfi said...

What fun shots.

Marie said...

Very interesting!

Jim said...

Great post

carol l mckenna said...

Cute boys and lovely series of photos of the well built monastery ~

Happy Weekend to you.
artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

George said...

What a fascinating place. Thank you for taking us there.

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful, fascinating post and photos for the day, Rajesh, as always! Hope you and your family have a great weekend!!

Al said...

It looks like there's some serious history there!

D. Prabhu said...

Nice to know about this place. Thanks for sharing :)

Leovi said...

Wonderful works, beautiful photos!

Jeevan said...

Very unusual monastery and wonderful discovery!

Heather said...

What an amazing find - you can just imagine how splendid it was in its day.

Christian Weiß said...

A wonderful place.

Cindy said...

This looks like a peaceful spot, thanks for sharing

Tom said...

We have history, you can ancient history! Tom The Backroads Traveller

Lorac said...

Very interesting. Is the Khandolite stone a very hard stone. I would think so for it to last this long.

Thomas Lee said...

history is well maintained here

Gunilla Bäck said...

A very interesting old site.

Kelly said...

I like the shape in which the stone steps are cut.

Kathe W. said...

Fascinating- I would like to be there and explore!

Somali K Chakrabarti said...

Wonderful pictures of the remains of the ancient monastery. Where exactly is Lalitgiri?

Rajesh said...

This is in Orissa. With Cuttack as base one can cover Lalitgiri, Ratangiri and Udaygiri in one day.

Ravish Mani said...

Beautiful captures, Rajesh.

D.Nambiar said...

More history unearthed. Nice!
Orissa, right?

My Unfinished Life said...

This is so interesting!!!!.....

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Datta Ghosh said...

Nice captures, waiting for the other three monastries

అనామిక... said...

Great pictures.