Monday, November 27, 2017

Brick Monastery, Udayagiri

At Udayagiri, the Buddhist site in Orissa, ASI have excavated many interesting structures that were created any time between 7th and 12th century. One such excavation has brought to light the remains of a huge monastic complex comprising a Mahastupa and an east facing square monastery.


This monastery has the mountains as its backdrop giving it a majestic look. The monastery measures about 35 M sq. and had 21 cells.


At the back-end of the courtyard, in the sanctum there is a huge 12 feet statue of Buddha in Bhumisparsha Mudra. On his either side are Vajrapani and Padmapani.


The door frame to the sanctum is beautifully carved. The detailing with flying apsaras, pupil climbing vines, elephants are simply beautiful. The eyes, nose and lips of a miniature human forms are crafted with at most care.


17 comments:

rupam sarma said...

Great to know.
Amazing photos.

gillena cox said...

Happy Mosaic Monday Rajesh

Much😍love

Angie said...

I always wonder how they know where to look for these structures. This is an impressive site - the brick rooms are deep - it must have taken significant effort to make all the bricks, transport them and lay them. As you point out, the carvings are exquisite!

Al said...

Very impressive.

Wandering Wren said...

Everything has been crafted with the utmost care for sure - was an amazing excavation!

Lady Fi said...

Wow - gorgeous details!

magiceye said...

Wow! Beautifully captured!

Photo Cache said...

The last image is just incredible with all the details and the carvings.

NatureFootstep said...

love the reddish stones. Is it marble? It´s gorgeous!

Barbara Damian CW Bush said...

great view of india.

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

This is great! You always have a surprise for us!

Lorrie said...

Such an interesting archaeological find.

Jim said...

Very interesting.

joshidaniel.com said...

Looks really great :)

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Another amazing wow! of a structure.

Linda Bob Grifins Brin Korbetis said...

excellent.

Nancy Beebe Goolsby Tramel Perry said...

superb.