History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI

Tripoto
7th Jul 2017
Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI by Soma Majumdar

Was in Bhopal. Realized Sanchi Stupa was a must see. All those history lessons....the stupa, the garba griha, gopurams.....Armed with our water and some fruits and snacks, we set out from our friends place in Habibganj...in a hired SUV.....impressed with the roads....and how well this World Heritage is being maintained.

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...yes!!....there it is....we approach the main Stupa...

Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI 2/20 by Soma Majumdar

.....the front gopuram of the Sanchi stupa...

Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI 3/20 by Soma Majumdar
Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI 4/20 by Soma Majumdar

....the ornately carved gopurams...

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Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI 6/20 by Soma Majumdar

.......some of the figures carved so intricately show people with curly hair.....a reference to the greek influence during those times of Chandragupta Maurya...

Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI 7/20 by Soma Majumdar

....another gopuram to the side....

Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI 8/20 by Soma Majumdar

...another smaller stupa beside...

Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI 9/20 by Soma Majumdar

...a monastery...which looked to have been a big central hall with rooms all around....and a reservoir

Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI 10/20 by Soma Majumdar

.....shady and incredibly comfortable despite the temperature.....

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.....what is it about temple ruins....that pulls at your heart....the beauty, the art or the mystery of what life must have been like so many years back...?

Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI 12/20 by Soma Majumdar

standing tall....some majestic looking pillars....Grecian like....

Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI 13/20 by Soma Majumdar

.......An Ashokan edict with fading inscriptions in Pali...local language.....spreading Buddhism....

Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI 14/20 by Soma Majumdar

...some other Ashokan pillars which had been razed to the ground....now housed under theses shelters....

Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI 15/20 by Soma Majumdar

......some more ruins....of......??....mystery...

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..the heaped rock carvings excavated by ASI....numbered and kept....

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.....a view from the top....the chap at the handicrafts cafe...which was selling artefacts with snacks and tea, pointed out at the Udaigiri caves....which he said could be approached by a new road...which was very good...

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......nature and history co existing side by side....

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....a modern addition...accomodation for Sri Lankan Buddhist monks...

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....the "smooth as butter" road from Sanchi to Udaigiri caves, near Vidisha....

Photo of Udaigiri Caves, Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, India by Soma Majumdar

....we reach Udaigiri caves

Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI by Soma Majumdar

.......the caves cut out of rocks with carved sculptures within....

Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI by Soma Majumdar

.....the Tawa cave......can you guess why....?... :)

Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI by Soma Majumdar

........you can rest your grey cells....the answer is here....

Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI by Soma Majumdar

.......one of the earliest and largest carving of Vishnu sleeping on a snake, resting hid hand on the palm of his hand...

Photo of Indian Archaeological Society, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Soma Majumdar

.....BUT WHY DID ASI HAVE TO CAGE HIM?.......what an insult to art and sculpture....and beauty...they could have used laminated glass, thereby protecting a historical artpiece ...without creating a visually displeasing purdah between the Sculpted and the Connoisseur of Beauty...

Photo of Udaigiri Caves, Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, India by Soma Majumdar

......the first half....

Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI by Soma Majumdar

.....and the second half....lols....apologies to the reclining Vishnu...we had to slip our mobiles inside the grills and take close ups....our hearts in our mouth....if our mobile slipped and fell inside??......

Photo of Archaeological Society of India, Makki Darwaza Road, Khair Complex, Hyderabad, Telangana, India by Soma Majumdar

....some beautiful sculptures inside.....but why the grills... is Archaeological Soceity of India listening?......hat about using laminated glass framed with some grunge effect?....where are our sculptors forums?

Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI by Soma Majumdar
Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI by Soma Majumdar
Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI by Soma Majumdar

....ancient folklore...Varah...incarnation of Vishnu...rescuing Mother Earth when Demon Hrinakshya took her under water...

Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI by Soma Majumdar

....the cosmological fight between good and evil....Varah rescuing Mother earth from Hrinakshya...

Photo of History comes alive...SANCHI AND UDAIGIRI by Soma Majumdar

....the first historical depictions of godesses...Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati....notice the wave like carvings depicting water...

Photo of Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, India by Soma Majumdar

.....luncheon time...after a lot of history lessons.......Gateway resort....nice clean place by MP tourism....good affordable food...

Photo of Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, India by Soma Majumdar
Photo of Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, India by Soma Majumdar

....nice ambience...nice artwork surround spaces......

Sanchi and Udaigiri caves are for those who prefer to see history come alive. They are for those who love breathing in the smell of an era long gone. They are for that crazy lot who find beauty in stone and the stories they tell.... and........ the mysteries they hide...and they are for those trigger happy shooters who will go to lengths to shoot air, water , fire or earth!!!!

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