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  • 25 January, 2023

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Buddhist Monastery Found in Bharatpur

Buddhist Monastery Found in Bharatpur

  • The Structural Complex of the Buddhist Monastery was uncovered in the recent digs in continuity with the massive stupa, black and red ware pottery, and sculptures recovered from excavation done at the same site in West Bengal fifty years ago.

More on the news:

  • The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) discovered a large Monastery complex during an excavation in the Paschim Bardhaman region of West Bengal.
  • A small circular construction and nine layers of brick that make up the monastery's exterior wall have been discovered.

Buddhism in West Bengal:

  • During the heyday of the Mahayana and Vajrayana schools, the area served as a stronghold for the ancient Buddhist Mauryan and Pala empires. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the ancient Buddhist Kingdom of Mrauk U ruled over South-Eastern Bengal.

Significance of the Excavation:

  • A Buddhist Stupa was discovered at the site in 1972, prompting archaeologists from ASI to begin the site's initial excavation between 1972 and 1975.
  • The expansion of Buddhism in the South West Bengal region may be traced with the use of excavations.
  • The discovery is especially notable since the village settlement on the Damodar River was made feasible by the use of black and red ware ceramics from the Chalcolithic period.
  • While the town gives the location a secular character, the complex gives it a religious one.
  • The discovered stupa is substantial in comparison to votive stupas discovered at other Buddhist sites in the state, such as Karnasubarna in Murshidabad, Moghalamari in Paschim Medinipur, and Jagjivanpur in Malda.

About Buddhist monastery:

  • A monastery is a place for a group of people, either men or women (monks or nuns), who have chosen to live in seclusion and build a new society centred around religious practice.
  • Buddhist nuns or monks offer prayers on behalf of the faithful. Usually, the monastery becomes the centre of spirituality for the nearby hamlet or town.
  • The objective is to realise nirvana (liberation), which is to be released into the infinite condition of oneness with everything, and to realise moksha, which is freedom or release from attachment to ego or the material world, an end to samsara.

Source: The Hindu


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