Sunsets through my Lens

‘When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.’ Mahatma Gandhi  Sunrise and sunset are my favorite moments when I am in a solo travel. It relives my stress and allow me to connect spiritually with the mother earth. Here I…

Jaugada – Beyond Ashokan Edicts

Who does not like listening a good story? Otherwise what is there in a desolate archaeological site, such as Jaugada in Rusikuliya Valley of southern Odisha. In the 3rd Century BCE, it was a flourishing civilisation. Known as Samapa, its prosperity had dragged Ashoka to address its provincial head, Mahamatta and its people on dhamma…

Sex for Liberation – Bhubaneswar’s Vaital Deula

On a busy road in the heritage district of Bhubaneswar is located Vaital Deula to what the Bhubaneswarias call Tinimundia Mandira because of its three amalaka crowns placed in a straight line over a boat shaped mastaka. The temple breaks the convention of Odiya style. Built in the style of a Buddhist chaitya, the temple…

Aragarh Hill – a Lost Buddhist World

In mid 1990s, as a PhD student when I was exploring the Daya River Valley I had spent quite a few days at Aragarh Hill and its surrounding villages to map early settlements and Buddhist sites. It was part of my intuition that Daya River was one important corridor for Odisha’s sea trade with Java,…