Noboru Ogata (Kyoto University)
This page presents my records and photos during a research trip made by the Research Group on the Travel by Xuanzang (Feb. 24 - Mar. 4, 1999). Xuanzang described Orissa in his "Buddhist Records of the Western World" as 'Udra' and 'Kongoda'.
CORONA satellite photo over Sisupalgarh near Bhubaneswar.
Feb. 24: Arrived in Calcutta. Visited the Indian Museum. Stayed in Calcutta.
|Statue of Buddha in the Indian Museum.|
|In the Indian Museum.|
Feb. 25: Traveled to Bhubaneswar. Stayed in Bhubaneswar.
Feb. 26: Visited Buddhist archaeological sites at Udayagiri and Langdi Hill. Stayed in Bhubaneswar.
|Stone image of Bodhisattva at the Udayagiri site.|
|Main Stupa of the Udayagiri site.|
|Statue of Buddha placed in a niche on the Main Stupa.|
|Lunch in a market town named Chandikhol.|
|Remains of a monastery under excavation at Langdi Hill site.|
|Landscape at Langdi Hill.|
Feb. 27: Visited Buddhist sites at Ratnagiri and Lalitagiri. Stayed in Bhubaneswar.
|Image of Buddha or a Hindu God at the village shrine of Ratnagiri shown above.|
|Shrine in the village of Ratnagiri.|
|Ratnagiri site of a Buddhist Temple.|
|Stupa of donation at Ratnagiri site.|
|Remains of a monastery at Lalitagiri site.|
|Statues of Buddha at Lalitagiri.|
|Landscape at Lalitagiri.|
|Street in twilight.|
Feb. 28: Visited Hindu Temples in Bhubaneswar, the inscription of Emperor Asoka in Dhauli and the temple town of Puri. Stayed in Konarak.
|Inside of the Mukteshvara Temple.|
|Mukteshvara Temple in Bhubaneswar.|
|Vault of the Mukteshvara Temple.|
|Dhauli rock inscription of the edicts of Emperor Asoka.|
|“All men are my children. Just as I seek the welfare and happiness of my children in this world and the next, I seek the same things for all men.” — from the Dhauli rock inscription.|
|Jagannath Temple in Puri.|
|On the street in Puri.|
Mar. 1: Visited Surya (Sun) Temple at Konarak. Traveled to Calcutta and stayed there.
|The sun rising above the Bay of Bengal.|
|On the Chandrabhaga beach near Konarak in the early morning.|
|“Seven bay mares carry you in the chariot, O sun god with hair of flame, gazing from afar.” — from The Rig Veda.|
|Surya (Sun) Temple in the morning sunlight.|
|Wheel depicted on the base of Surya Temple.|
Mar. 2: Stayed in Calcutta.
Mar. 3: Departed Calcutta home.
Last Updated: 06/Aug/2008