2 Sculptures to explore in Odisha
The ancient kingdom of Kalinga, which was invaded by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka in 261 BCE resulting in the Kalinga War, coincides with the borders of modern-day Odisha.
Anantashayana Vishnu is a symbolic representation of the cosmic balance of finity within infinity. There are many rock and other material sculptures and paintings of this cosmic visualization. The image was carved during the first quarter of the 9th century CE when the Bhauma kara that ruled in the cental part of Orissa.
Dhauli Giri is the site, on whose plains Kalinga War was fought. Adorned with a rock edict erected by the great emperor Ashoka of Maurya Dynasty, the hills are located on the banks of the Daya River. Seeing the Daya River that had turned to red by the Kalingan martyrs, Ashoka renounced war and embraced Buddhism. The bloodshed led Ashoka to change his mind, after which he laid down the weapons of violence and accepted a life of Ahimsa in the form of Buddhism.