Thursday, February 24, 2011

Maha Kassapa Park at Silao

The historic meeting between  the Buddha and the Maha Kassapa took place at the present village of  Silao, as suggested by the literature and discoveries.

  Read- The exchange of robes between the Buddha and the Maha kassapa

As a part of the revival of the Ancient Buddhist Pilgrimage of Bihar, the next logical step is dedicating at Silao, a park to mark this historical event. The rediscovery of the Maha Kassapa image was highlighted in the media and, as a result, the community of Silao and the surrounding area is now aware of the recent developments on the issue. The idea to create a park was discussed with the appropriate government authority and it was felt that a preliminary survey of the site be done first to find the availability of land.
Officials and community members surveying the site
Anand, the official from the administration, arranged the maps for the few community leaders and decision makers who collected at the site today. The criteria for the site selection was simple, the place should be close to Silao, sufficient land should be available to meet the present and future requirements, the surroundings should be good, and the site should have a good access.
The team of the first visit

Overall it was a good meeting at this site and the final report shall be ready in  day or two. The report will consist of list of plots in the area of interest that are owned by the government and private land owned by the farmers.The present site is surrounded by water bodies on three sides and is located near the National Highway connecting Rajgir, Nalanda and Bihar Sharif.
Cad-astral map of the place with area of interest marked

Friday, February 18, 2011

Buddhiya Kabbadi Tournament

The Four day Budhiya Kabaddi tournament began today at the Sanskritik Gram of  the Nava Nalanda Mahavihar grounds. Given below are a few pictures of the fun day from today, which is just the beginning...
The event will continue through the 20th February 2011 and details were given in the previous post.

Unveiling the Jarasandha Trophy-2011  
The District Magistrate Shri Sanjay Agarwal, at his Office on 16th February, 2011
Shri D. Lama (NNM), Deepak Anand and Shri Sanjay Agarwal (DM, Nalanda)
Getting the venue ready
Teams lined up for the Inaugural

The Inaugural by Dr. R Panth and Ven. Pannayilinkara

The Jarasandha Trophy

Introduction of the teams
Encouraging words by the Chief Guests

Venerable Pannyalinkara starting the first game

The Matches
The first match between Sakraditya 9 vs. Buddhagupta 9

Winning captain receiving prize from Shri. K K Pandey, Librarian , NNM

Losing captain of Baladitya9 receiving consolation prize

                                                                  The Four Teams

Team Baladitya 9

Team Buddhagupta 9

Team Tathagatgupta 9

Team Sakraditya 9
Alok Jain and Dr. R. Panth

This initiative is to revive an old game, bring it back to the main stream and link it to tourism... 

Day one was covered in a news article published by Jagran: READ HERE

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Man behind the Creativity - Alok Jain

This post is meant to say a secret 'thank you' and to introduce to you the man behind the pictures and graphics that you very often encounter in our work. The person behind the lens is Alok Jain. One of his most recent creations is the promotional material for Nalanda's Budhiya Kabaddi Tournament. 

The following are just a few samples of recent his work. Other examples you have seen before in other postings, such as the "Sariputta Peace Walk" and the "Maha Moggallana Walk" banners and stickers.

And just like a lot of initiatives that we have taken, which yet haven't sprouted from the ground, there are works of this brilliant photographer and designer that are waiting to see the daylight. As we forge ahead together, take notice of his creative work and recognize the man behind the lens, working extra hard to make the most basic issues visually appealing to the senses and inspire others in the process...

Alok Jain in Action

Invitation card for Buddhiya Kabbadi

Details about the tournament

The certificates for the winners

Promotional Banner

Monday, February 7, 2011

Practice matches for Jarasandh Trophy

Whenever a new seed is sown into the ground, each new sprout, each tiny fragile leaf brings about a cause for celebration.  We feel the same way as local teams practice kabaddi to stake their claims for the Jarasandh Trophy. Below, a local newspaper raves about the new initiative.
Reported in .......Times of India

Times of India says: READ
Jagaran says: READ