Udayagiri – On the Footstep of Vajrayana Buddhism

Once upon a time, King Indrabhuti of Odiyana had sat with his consorts and ministers on the terrace of his palace. He gazed up into the early morning sky and … Continue reading Udayagiri – On the Footstep of Vajrayana Buddhism

Langudi – Odisha’s Miraculous Buddhist Hill

Year 1995! I had just registered my PhD programme on Buddhist Archaeology at Pune’s Deccan College. I had come to Odisha for my initial fieldwork. On a fine late afternoon, … Continue reading Langudi – Odisha’s Miraculous Buddhist Hill

Sri Surya Pahar: Riddles of an Unwritten Past

The very mention of Sri Surya Pahar generally evokes a sense of doubt and confusion. Most people are unaware of it and even those who know the name find it … Continue reading Sri Surya Pahar: Riddles of an Unwritten Past

Turtuk – Living On The Edge

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page-” thus spake the Augustine of Hippo; and since I am a voracious reader, I decided to … Continue reading Turtuk – Living On The Edge

Mandapeshwar Caves – Isolated Remains Of A Tumultuous Past

4 kms in an hour. My bike can go faster but not the rush hour traffic and crowd of Swami Vivekanand Road in Borivali. Does not matter if its a sunday … Continue reading Mandapeshwar Caves – Isolated Remains Of A Tumultuous Past

Kalpavriksha and Its Depiction in Art and Architecture – An Overview

Moolatho Brahma roopaya, madhyatho Vishnu roopine, Agratha shiva roopaya Vruksha rajaya they Nama. My salutations to the king of trees. Whose root is the form of Brahma, Middle is the … Continue reading Kalpavriksha and Its Depiction in Art and Architecture – An Overview

Buddhist Weavers of Maniabandha – A Confluence of Ideas

One of India’s greatest gifts to the world of ideas is Buddhism, a religion that was propounded by Gautama Buddha in the middle of 1st millennium BCE, on the principles … Continue reading Buddhist Weavers of Maniabandha – A Confluence of Ideas

Sanchi Panels – An Art Studio driven by Common People

In the middle of 3rd century BC, India had gone through a traumatic event, the Kalinga War, but its consequence had far positive reaching. The Kalinga War transformed Ashoka from … Continue reading Sanchi Panels – An Art Studio driven by Common People