Overview for Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves
This book is based on Dr. Mohapatraâ€™s doctoral thesis who is the Curator of Orissa State Museum, Bhubaneswar. Illustrated and fully documented, the book gives a lucid account of the importance of the twin caves of Udayagiri and Khandagiri in the development of Indian art and architecture. After giving a factual description of the caves, the author than analyses the peculiar significance of the cave architecture that flourished in Ancient India especially under the impact of Buddhism and Jainism. As these caves were beautifully sculpted, Mohapatra brings out their sculptural significance in a long chapter which is a book in itself. Dr. Mohapatra does not look at Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves merely from the point of view of Indian art and architecture but takes pains to analyse the religious and social impulses that shaped them. To do so he unravels the iconography of the sculptural representations and writes critically about the Inscriptions that are found in the caves. The chapter describing the builders of the caves is full of human interest throwing lights on the social condition of the age.
Ramesh Prasad Mohapatra (Author)
Besides being a museologist of long standing, Dr. R.P. Mohapatra M.A. Ph.D., is a reputed archaeologist with a diploma from Archaeological Survey of India. He is one of the few scholars in Orissa who was, it may be said, Born for Archaeology, to borrow a phrase made famous by the most noted archaeologist in India H.D. Sankalia. Dr. Mohapatra has visited almost all the museums in India as well as excavated sites and monuments. He is the author of many research papers which have been published in India and abroad. At present working as curator in charge of Archaeology, Orissa at Bhubaneswar, Dr. Mohapatra is currently engaged in Jain Antiquities of Orissa, Military History of Orissa and Rock-cut Caves and Paintings in Orissa.