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DUJ 2017 – Preparatory Talk – Buddhist Centres of Lalitagiri, Ratnagiri and Udayagiri + Buddhist Iconography of Odisha – by Shyam C Raman

A large number of sites in Odisha have yielded Buddhist remains. The major centres are Lalitagiri, Ratnagiri and Udayagiri, about two and a half hours away from Bhubaneswar. While the area has been mentioned in official records since 1870, periodic archaeological excavations from 1958 and more recently in 1997-2000 have unearthed the ruins of a grand monastic complex with magnificent shrines. The sites have numerous sculptures of the Mahayana and Vajrayana pantheon as well as hundreds of votive stupas. Remains at Lalitagiri have been dated as early as 3rd C CE; Ratnagiri and Udayagiri developed subsequently. They were great centres of Vajrayana buddhism between the 7th and 11th centuries.

 
The talk will include a quick overview of the three sites as well as a details introduction to the Buddhist iconography in Odisha. 

Buddhist iconography of Odisha :

Lalitagiri, Ratnagiri and Udayagiri :

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