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. […]

Unearthed ancient Buddha statue in Kyrgyzstan.

Archaeologists in Kyrgyzstan have unearthed a massive statue of Buddha in the hills outside the capital Bishkek. Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, borders Central Asia’s Tian Shan range.A team of archaeologists working in an excavation site at Krasnaya Rechka, 35km outside the capital, discovered a 1.5 metre high Buddha.Buddhism reached Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia via the Great Silk Road. Archaeologists have found traces of Buddhist influence along this ancient trade route.The most famous Buddhist sites […]

Haji Piyada Mosque It was built on the remains of a Buddhist monastery.

Haji Piyada Mosque a Samanid-style building in Balkh province of northern Afghanistan.Built in the 9th century. It was built on the remains of a Buddhist monastery. The site was listed on the World Monuments Fund’s 2006 . Balkh (ancient Paktra or Baktra or Bactria), a UNESCO World Heritage Site candidate in 2004, is an urban site of some 11 square kilometers, situated 21 kilometers west of Mazar-i Sharif and 74 kilometers south of the Amu […]

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