xix, 477p., 4 Maps, 2 Folded Tables, 14 Col. Photographs, 33 B/W Photos, Index, 25 cm. (Reconstructing Indian History & Culture, No. 16)
Lying on India's eastern coast, Orissa is the legendary old-world Kalinga, which, conquered by Asoka, metamorphosed this 'terrible' triumphand emperor into a 'compassionate' , remorse-stricken votary of the Buddhist faith. Today as ever before, Orissa not just has its share in India's glorious cultural heritage,but epitomizes its architectural marvels and at once fascinating sculptures, including the erotic figurines frozen in stone. And these are best reflected in Orissa's profusely sculptured temples, like the Sun-god's at Konarka, Lord Jagannath's at Puri, and Kingtaraja's at Bhubaneswar; besides the Jaina/Buddhist rock-cut caves of Khandagiri, Udayagiri and Dhauli.