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1200-yr-old miniature stupas found in Nalanda district

1200-yr-old miniature stupas found in Nalanda district

 

1200-yr-old miniature stupas found in Nalanda district

  • Archeological Survey of India (ASI) has discovered two 1200-year-old miniature votive stupas during landscaping activities near Sarai Tila mound on the premises of ‘Nalanda Mahavihara’ a world heritage site in Nalanda district. 

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  • The stupas, carved from stone, depict Buddha figures.
  • These are forms of the stupas, with their distinctive domelike drum, originating in eight cylindrical structures in which the Buddha’s relics were placed after his death.
  • The stupa shape has become associated with the Buddhist goal of release from the cycles of suffering and rebirth.
  • The larger ones at Bodhgaya were probably given by visiting kings, while smaller stupas such as this one were offered by monks and lay pilgrims.
  • In addition to the drum, this stupa has a tiered base and is crowned with a series of stylized umbrellas that symbolize royalty and divine status.
  • Beginning in the 7th century CE in India, small miniature terracotta stupas became popular as votive offerings.
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