Saturday, June 09, 2012

#158 Case of ayOdhya - nIlgiris- Balasore Dt-Orissa State

Here is an extract from Comprehensive District Annual Plan, 2011-12, Balasore District.

Ayodhya: Ayodhya where assimilation of Jainism, Budhism, Baishnavism, Tantraism Saivism, Sakthism took place. Once upon a time the place was flourished as a town and it was the Capital of a king. A large number of images (remains) have been unearthed from the site. Images of Budha,Jains, Pareshnath, Shiva, Ganesh, Natraj, Bhairabi, Maricha, Baraha, Tara are famous among them. Goddess Marichi is the most attractive images found here.

Favourable factors for this ayOdhya:
Capital of which king? Could it have been daSaratha or rAma or at least the faizAbadi ikshvAkus or the lichchAvi ikshvAkus?

Air-distance from Balasore Dt. to Sonepur Dt. in Orissa is 326 km. Sonepur is to the south-west of Balasore. Hence it fulfils the southward journey direction of rAmA, during his forest exile. Sonepur has some qualities of rAvaNa's lanka.

This ayOdhya is nearer to the Sea, when compared to the phaisabad ayOdhya, the madhubAni ayodhya and the katrisarAi ayOdhya. Any island on the Bay of Bengal Coast of Orissa can have the legendary lanka of rAvaNa.

Unfavourable factors
Was this ayOdhya also named after the same ayOdhya singh of ayOdhya Hills, purUlia District, West Bengal? bAlasore is proximate to purUlia as well.

marIci and tAra are tibetan buddhist Goddesses as well. It has nothing to do with tAra, the wife of the vAnara kings vAli and sugrIva. barAha is a famous goddess in nEpal. All these Goddesses appear to be forms of shakti worship in hinduism. (Goddesses common to Hinduism and buddhism).

Though a mention is made of assimilation of vaishNavism, the places neighboring ayOdhya, nilgiris, bAlasore, have more Shiva temples (mahAdEv).

(To continue, after obtaining more evidence).

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