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1995 - nalanda, the steps to the library by moyo

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nalanda is one of the sites of the modern buddhist pilgrimage in northern india. it is situated in the state of bihar.

from about the 5th century CE, nalanda was an ancient center of higher learning of the buddhist and hindu world (which were then not considered as separate) until its destruction by muhammad bakhtiyar khilji and his army in 1193.

i had the unique chance of doing part of the buddhist pilgrimage together with my tibetan friend chosang and his two little boys, three tibetan SOS children’s village home mothers and a young student of chosang’s. at the time of our visit, there was a strike of public transport in the state of bihar. chosang managed to organize private transportation for our group and we were, apart from one other little group of asian pilgrims who somehow made it too, the only visitors on that day.

nikon fe, nikkor ai 35mm, ilford 100 delta professional


nalanda, india, pilgrimage, steps, stairs


  • James2001
    James2001almost 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture, beautiful contrast!

  • thank you so much for a lovely comment, James.

    – moyo

  • Elizabeth McPhee
    Elizabeth McPheealmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful, evocative shot, leading up and beyond…Love the light on the steps and the composition.

  • hi Elizabeth. it is such pleasure to read your comment.

    – moyo

  • tori yule
    tori yulealmost 2 years ago
  • yipeee. i am really excited about this as this image means a lot to me.

    – moyo

  • P.S. lol @ love of math
    i hated math at school but you sure convince me otherwise.

    – moyo

  • MotherNature
    MotherNaturealmost 2 years ago

    Terrific description. This is surprisingly serene. Congratulations on your feature in Art in Math – FAVE:>)

  • thank you so much for your lovely comment, MN.

    – moyo

  • flyrod
    flyrodalmost 2 years ago

    I love the graphic nature of this. Striking and intregueing

  • thanks flyrod.

    – moyo

  • Denice Breaux
    Denice Breauxalmost 2 years ago

    I love this! A pleasure to share Art in Math Feature with you!

  • :-)) sorry for the late reply.

    – moyo

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinalealmost 2 years ago

    WOWEE, I am bowled away by this fabulous shot moyo!

  • lol. i love this kind of enthusiasm.

    – moyo

  • Paul Pasco
    Paul Pascoalmost 2 years ago

    Well balanced, love the strong diagonals.

  • thanks Paul

    – moyo

    JUSTARTalmost 2 years ago

    great shot

  • thank you kindly

    – moyo

  • Isabela M. Lamuño
    Isabela M. Lamuñoalmost 2 years ago

    this gives me a sense of anticipation. it is perfectly, well lit . amazing work and such a beautiful experience, it must have been.

  • a thrill to see you here, Ixchel. and always a pleasure to read your comments that show so much interest and care.

    – moyo

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