Vikramshila, The Lost University

The ‘Silent Pages’ of Indian History include several mysterious chapters, of which some, though seemingly latent, often contain such lasting traces that allow revelation even centuries past erosion from common memory. One such chapter is the saga of Vikramshila, the erstwhile University i.e. ‘Mahavihar’ (Large Monastery), which was once internationally famous for its spectacular intellectual … Read more

Konch : An Ancient Site with Interesting Dasavtara Sculpture of Vishnu

An ancient temple site with curious Vishnu dasavtara sculpture Konch or ‘Koch’ is one of the few surviving ancient Hindu temples in Northern India. I had first seen a photograph taken of the temple by Peppe, while reading the ASI Reports of 1880-81.  Konch today is a small market place and a non-descript town in … Read more

The ruins of Tilkeshwar Sthana Temple, DARBHANGA, BIHAR

The History of Mithila consists of several silent pages, many of which still remain shrouded in mystery. The geographical area including the northern part of the state of Bihar (India) and certain parts of the territory of Nepal, which is demarcated by the Gandak river on its west, Kosi river on its east, the Ganga … Read more

The Antiquarian Remains at Maner, Patna, Bihar

The unending motion of the fourth dimension of time is the eternal law of nature. The Indian representational motif of the Chakra (wheel) has symbolized this eternal motion and has motivated spiritual seekers since times immemorial. Inquiries and speculations about the unending history of time have always occupied the intellectual human imagination. The human of … Read more

The Dashavatara – One of the Earliest Indian Temples

Atop a picturesque forested ridge on the banks of the Vetravati (Betwa), in an obscure corner of Uttar Pradesh, is located a priceless gem surviving from the Gupta age. Seldom visited by tourists even as it marks one of the earliest phases of temple architecture in India, the artistic magnificence of the sculptures at the Dashavatara … Read more