Retracing Bodhisattva Xuanzang : A Foot Journey to Explore the Sublime Wanderings of the Buddha (RBX Project)
Deepak Anand being given a send off by Dr Satbir Singh Saini and others at ABR III, Adi Badri on Feb. 20, 2020
Retracing Bodhisattva Xuanzang (RBX Project): “A Foot Journey to Explore the Sublime Wanderings of the Buddha” undertaken by Deepak Anand under the RBX Project provided the thematic backbone for the doco-series titled - The Sublime Wanderings of the Buddha (Buddha Cārikā), which is under production now.
The explorative heritage documentation foot journey of Deepak Anand and the field surveys & research shooting for the documentary series started started together on Feb. 20, 2020 from Adi Badri, an important heritage Site, which was a part of the Kuru Kingdom in the ancient times. This site is of immense importance for the Buddhists as well as Hindus is situated in the Shivalik Hills, and presently falls in the Yamunanagar District of Haryana, India.
After filming in the first half of the day, Deepak Anand was given a warm send off, with best wishes for a successful journey by Dr Satbir Singh Saini (former Addl Deputy Commissioner, YamunanNagar District), Mr Ram Saran (Village Head, Kathgarh), Mr Ravi Chauhan (Documentary Series Production Controller) and a number of other local people who live near the ancient monastery site called ABR III, situated in a jungle on the eastern side of river Som in Adi Badri.
There are a number of other important ancient Buddhist Sites in YamunaNagar District of Haryana, which are being covered under the project. This area marks the westernmost limit of the footsteps of the Buddha and the delivery of his universally relevant teachings.
The Delhi-Topra Ashokan Pillar, presently situated atop the ruined palace of Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi was originally at village Topra Kalan, of this District. This important Ashokan Pillar possessing all the seven Pillar Edicts of Emperor Ashoka was extricated and moved from Topra to Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi in 1356 CE by Firuz Shah Tughlaq (1309-1388 CE).
Deepak Anand being given a warm send off by the people of village Topra Kalan