Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Monastery No. 3, 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 Monastery No. 3. facing south-east, measures 28 x 27 m is the earliest in the complex



On the basis of architectural ground and excavated material this monastery came into existence between 8th and 12th century A.D during the period of Bhaumakara and Somavamsi dynasties. 



The monastery square in plan has two entrances, one in the eastern side and the other in the south-eastern side. It has open courtyard with chambers in all side. The courtyard in the center measures 8 sq.m. The monastery is provided with sanctum at the center of the western side wall. 



The construction material used is bricks lime mortar.  

28 comments:

Linda said...

Lovely series of photos.

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice images.

Joe Todd said...

Neat place to explore

Thomas Lee said...

looks like a big monastery

Derek said...

Thanks for sharing this excavation with us. Excavations are so fascinating - a true, undisturbed glimpse into our past. Fascinating stuff. Thanks again.

Uppal said...

Nice pictures!

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Where is Lalitagiri ? These excavations resemble those in Nalanda.

Lowell said...

I'm again amazed at how many ancient structures you have in India!

Gillena Cox said...

luv the first photo, lovely composition

have a nice Thursday

much love...

Photo Cache said...

are you keeping count on the number of temples and places of interest you've visited?

Sylvia K said...

Another great trip and marvelous captures, Rajesh!! Thanks for sharing!!

Rajesh said...

Ram: This is in Orissa. This place can be covered with Udaygiri and Ratangiri.

Photo Cache: Thanks, I have lost count.

George said...

It's wonderful that this site has been excavated and preserved.

Al said...

You must be able to sense the history in a place like this!

ladyfi said...

Such a lovely place.

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Leovi Leovi said...

Surprising monastery excabado! It would be interesting to visit inside!

Tom said...

Such rich history you have to enjoy. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Jeevan said...

Well preserved complex! Unique open monastery

Kathe W. said...

I would like to explore this too!

Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio said...

How grand that temple must've been when it was active!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Looks like it was a grand place at one time.

Cobbled Shadows

RNSANE said...

As always, your posts give me a picture of India I have yet to see.

Steps Together said...

Nice photos

harshita joshi said...

nice

purba chakraborty said...

Interesting architecture :)

Subhodeep Mukhopadhyay said...

Very informative! Learned something new. I am sharing this.

The Advaitist

Leena Walawalkar said...

Wow! Interesting!