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.


22 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.

Little 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.

NCSue said...

This must have been an astoundingly beautiful place in its prime, and is still marvelous to see today.
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Kay L. Davies said...

How wonderful that this was found and excavated, Rajesh. It is beautiful and the carving is exquisite. I know I always say I don't know how you find so many wonderful things to photograph, but it is true!
Kay
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NatureFootstep said...

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

Unknown said...

great view of india.

Ruth said...

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

Anonymous said...

nice deep reds

Lorrie said...

Such an interesting archaeological find.

Melody said...

Wonderful reminders of a historie... In my mind i ' see' the people who once lived there

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Jim said...

Very interesting.

Anonymous said...

Looks really great :)

Roger Owen Green said...

it's a brick...house


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Su-sieee! Mac said...

Another amazing wow! of a structure.

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

excellent.

Unknown said...

superb.