NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "The search for Odantapuri: Evidence from Landscape Archaeology” by M B Rajani, Lecture Hall, 0930 hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meeting


Topic:              “The search for Odantapuri: evidence from landscape archaeology”


Speaker:          M B Rajani

                        Assistant Professor, Heritage Science and Society Programme, NIAS



Chairperson:    Sharada Srinivasan

                        Professor, Heritage Science and Society Programme, NIAS



Date:               20th July, 2016


Time:               9.30 am


Venue:             Lecture Hall, NIAS

All are cordially invited

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Odantapuri, also known as Uddandapura, was an important seat of Buddhist learning during the Pala period. It was established by the first Pala Emperor Gopala in the 8th century, and was part of a network of five Mahaviharas in eastern India. Odantapuri seems to have played a role in introducing Buddhism into Tibet and in influencing the architecture of Samye (Tibet's first Buddhist monastery). Although no physical structures have been identified, historical records suggest that it was located close to Nalanda, but met with an abrupt end in the 12th century. This talk will summarise evidence that has led historians to associate Bihar Sharif (about 10 km from Nalanda) with the location of this great monastery, and will then present new evidence from landscape archaeology - based on analysis of stereoscopic satellite imagery and a field study - that places it virtually at Nalanda's doorstep.


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For further info, please contact Sangeetha Menon [ or] and D. Suba Chandran [], Coordinators of NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meetings, and NIAS Discussion Reports.


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016