Through the good offices of Bettina Bäumer I had made the acquaintance of Harsa Satapathy in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India. Harsa introduced me to this friend Saumya Tripathy. On one or two hectares which Saumya’s family granted to him at Uttara near Bhubaneshwar, I have built two houses. In short, we are constructing a very simple sort of ashram. To the east of the ashram there is a circular tantric temple open to the sky dedicated to the Sixty-Four Yoginis; to the west is Shanti Stupa, built by the Japanese on the spot where Ashoka, the first emperor of India, after having witnesses the horrors of all-out war, converted to Buddhism; to the north is the famous Lingaraja Temple, dedicated to Siva; and to the south , in Puri, the temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath (Vishnu), one of the four principal sacred sites in India. The ashram is located among the rice fields but near the main road between Bhubaneshwar and Puri. The interreligious dimension is there too.
My friend, Sunyananda (Saumya), performing a fire ritual.
Buddhist Temple, Dhauli, near Uttara, to commemorate the conversion of the Emperor Ashoka to Buddhism.
Puri, Temple of Lord Jagannath, an avatar of Vishnu
Temple of the 64 Yoginis, Hirapur, near Uttara
Bhubaneshwar, entrance to Lingaraja Temple, dedicated to Shiva.