Caves History

Foreigners in the paintings of Ajanta Buddhist cave..!

Foreigners in the paintings of Ajanta. The Ajanta Buddhist Caves painting are a significant source of socio-economic information in ancient India, particularly in relation to the interactions of India with foreign cultures at the time most of the paintings were made, in the 5th century CE. According to Indian historian Haroon Khan Sherwani: “The paintings at Ajanta clearly demonstrate the cosmopolitan character of Buddhism, which opened its way to men of all races, Greek, Persian, Saka, Pahlava, Kushan and Huna”. Depictions […]

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Kanishka stupa was the Largest Buddhist stupa in the world.

American archaeologist David Brainard Spooner conducted excavations there in 1908-09 for the Archaeological Survey of India leading to the identification of the. Shaji-ki-Dheri that means the  Kanishka stupa dated to the 2nd century CE, and the discovery of the Kanishka casket. Spooner published a paper following the excavations: “Excavation at Shaji-ki-dheri: Annual Reports of the Archaeological Survey of India 1908–09”. The stupa was built during the Kushan era to house Buddhist relics, and was among the tallest, if not the tallest, […]

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Tepe Narenj ancient Buddhist site,Afghanistan.

Tepe Narenj ancient Buddhist site also Tappe-e Narenj, is the archaeological site for the remains of a 5th or 6th century Buddhist monastery near Kabul, Afghanistan. Tepe Narenj is a Buddhist monastery founded in the fifth or sixth centuries in the Zanburak Mountains south of Kabul. The site comprises one large and five small stupas, cells for individual meditation, and five chapels adorned with miniature stupas, statues of the Buddha, and standing Boddhisatva figures. The iconography of these […]