Orissan Institute of Maritime and South East Asian Studies




Orissan Institute of Maritime and South East Asian Studies (OIMSEAS) is known for many important excavations. It has discovered 2,300 years old artifacts at Jajpur district in Orissa. These, may alter historical records of the period of king Asoka.

 

As depicted by Hieun-Tsang of China regarding Asoka that he had made 10 stupas in Odra country, the place of the preachings of Buddha might be justified. Former historians denied the depiction. Orissan Institute of Maritime and South East Asian Studies (OIMSEAS) has till date studied five stupas and unearthed three more similar structures, as stated by OIMSEAS Director Debaraj Pradhan to the press. According to him a massive monolithic stupa with inscriptions and other remains of Buddhist foundations are noticed on Panturi hill apex in Jajpur district.

 

The recent search and findings of Orissan Institute of Maritime and South East Asian Studies (OIMSEAS) are very important because never in our country one could find ancient relics in so restricted a zone. The stupas could be discovered from Langudi, Tarapur, Deuli Kayama hills, Neulipur, Bajragiri, Kantigadia and Panturi.

 

The Orissan Institute of Maritime and South East Asian Studies (OIMSEAS) has carried out extensive studies in the Brahmani-Kelua river valley from 1996 to know about the Buddhist sites. OIMSEAS has carried out excavations in Langudi hill sites and found ancient Pushpagiri Vihara, an Ashokan stupa, a pair of statues most probably that of King Asoka and remnants of a couple of monasteries.

 

Orissan Institute of Maritime and South East Asian Studies (OIMSEAS) carried out excavations at Radhanagar fort which pointed out that it might be the earliest capital of Kalinga.

 

Orissan Institute of Maritime and South East Asian Studies (OIMSEAS) has done notable excavations in other sites like:

 

•  Vajragiri.
•  Kayama hill
•  Langudi hill





Last Updated on 27 July 2012