Dhammachakra at the centre of the Flag of India. History and the Meaning of Dhammachakra and Indian flag.

Dhamma-The word Dhamma is commonly used in Buddhism and it means the teachings and doctrines of Buddha. These teachings and doctrines describe the nature of things, the way things are, the way they operate. In short it means justice, truth and good behaviour. Dhamma means ethical conduct and righteousness. It is nothing but morality. The Dhamma is one of the Three Jewels of Buddhism in which the practitioners of Buddhism seek refuge, or that upon […]

The Pitalkhora Caves ancient Buddhist site consisting of 14 rock-cut cave.

The Pitalkhora Caves, in the Satamala range of the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India, are an ancient Buddhist site consisting of 14 rock-cut cave monuments which date back to the third century BCE. All the caves belong to the Hinayana period, but the reasonably well preserved paintings are of the Mahayana period. The caves are in two groups, one of 10 caves and the second of four. One of the earliest caves in Maharashtra, Pitalkhora […]

Sannati is the largest Buddhist site(Shakya Maha Chaitya) in India excavated by the ASI.

The stupa at Sannati was known as the Shakya Maha Chaitya. The stupa, likely to have been initially built during Asoka’s reign and later renovated by Satavahana kings, is today almost in ruins, but sculptures and inscriptions found here attest to the vibrant Buddhist art and culture in the region. Excavations at Sannati have contributed many Buddhist sculptures, including inscribed historical figures of Asoka and Satavahana kings, depictions of the Jataka tales and miracles of […]

Shahbaz Garhi Ashokan inscriptions written in the Kharosthi script, Pakistan.

Shahbaz Garhi The town is the location of ancient rock-inscriptions that are cut into two large rock boulders and written in the Kharosthi script.The presence of Kharosti suggests that the influence of Achaemenid rule in this region, the province of Gandhara, outlived the short Alexandrian interlude of the fourth century BC. The fourteen major edicts recorded at the site present aspects of Asoka’s dharma or righteous law. The edicts are located beside one of the […]

The Mansehra rock edicts, The Emperor Ashoka inscribed on rocks in Pakistan.

Mansehra Rock Edicts are fourteen edicts of the Mauryan emperor Ashoka, inscribed on rocks in Mansehra in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Ashoka was dismayed by the destruction caused by his military during the conquest of Kalingas and in remorse later converted to Buddhism. Following his conversion, Ashoka visited sacred Buddhist locations throughout the Mauryan Empire and erected multiple pillars bearing his inscriptions of a new morality law. Mansehra Rock Edicts are one of the 33 inscriptions […]

Shivneri Buddhist caves are 60 rock-cut Buddhist cave dated back to 1st -3rd Century AD.

Shivneri Buddhist caves are 60 rock-cut Buddhist monasteries of Thervada school, created some 2000 years ago, in the 1st – 3rd century AD. These Buddhist caves were a flourishing center of Buddhist activities.For most part these caves are collapsed, although some contain traces of paintings.The caves are essentially made of viharas or small cells, but there are also chaityas.The caves are scattered on three sides of the west-east-south triangle formed by Shivneri Mountain.The caves are […]

2,000 years old Bhutlinga Buddhist cave.

The Manmodi hill lies south from Junnar, at a distance of about a 3 km(Pune district, Maharashtra). It contains three groups of excavations, the second of which is nearest to the road, and the first a considerable way along the north-west face of the hill, near where it turns to the north-east.These caves are the most western caves in the Manmodi group.The principal cave here is an unfinished Chaitya-cave. The door is nearly the whole […]

Tulja Buddhist cave excavated around 50 B.C..

Tulja Buddhist cave located on Tuljabai hill, 5 km west of Junnar, Pune district, Maharashtra state of India.The cave has circular Chaitya hall surrounded by twelve octagonal pillars around Stupa. These caves are one of the earliest caves of Junnar.Tulja Buddhist cave is the smallest group at Junnar, with 11 caves excavated around 50 B.C. or from 1st century B.C. to 1st century A.D. These caves are situated together in a row and face roughly […]

The biggest stucco Bodhisattva sculpture found in Telangana state of India.

The biggest stucco sculpture similar to Bhodhisattva in Jathaka chakra was found in excavations at Buddhist site at Phanigiri in Suryapet district,Telangana state of India. The sculpture, which is 1.73 metres in height and 35 cm in width, is considered to be the biggest stucco sculpture found in the excavations in the country so far. Phanigiri Buddhist site, located on a hillock, is 40 km away from Suryapet and 125 km from Hyderabad. Excavations at […]

Minaret Of Chakari Ancient Buddhist pillar in Afghanistan.It was built in the 1st century AD.

“Minaret of Chakari”,( Chacci,Chakki-Pali word) (Chakari-Sanskrit word). Minaret its a ancient Buddhist pillar in indian subcontinent kabul province.A Buddhist pillar, known as the “Minaret of Chakari” was located there,and appears to have given the village its name. The first sketched of Minaret of Chakari in 1836. It was built in the 1st century AD.The pillar was heavily damaged during the Afghan Civil War, and was subsequently destroyed by the hardline Taliban regime in March 1998. […]

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