Miniature sculpture of Saranath Buddha unearthed

Udupi/UNI: A miniature sculpture of Lord Buddha was discovered at Alembi in 76 Badagabettu village, a local suburb, near here. The sculpture was found in the debris excavated from a well near an abandoned temple. Prof T Murugeshi, Associate Professor in the Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, MSRS College, Shirva, said the sculpture’s height […]

2565th Buddha Jayanti being observed across country

Celebrations this year have seen limited numbers of people in view of the pandemic. The 2565th birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha is being observed across the country on Wednesday. The celebrations this year have seen limited numbers of monks, followers and others in view of the prohibitory orders enforced to contain the spread of the […]

Part of ancient Vishnu statue head found

Part of an ancient Vishnu statue has been discovered by Trapeang Phong temple restoration team in Kork Srok village, Roluos commune, Prasat Bakong district, Siem Reap province, which was found on the right side of the temple’s central tower on March 31. Apsara Authority spokesman Long Kosal told Khmer Times that the fragment of the […]

How ancient Gandhara art gave a body to the Buddha

A new travelogue investigates the Buddhist sites of ancient Gandhara and sheds light on an often forgotten confluence of civilisations By Bibek Bhattacharya In 2001, when the Taliban blew up the monumental statues of the Buddha at Bamiyan in Afghanistan, it marked a tragic low in the history of religious iconoclasm. The destruction of the […]

Afghans recall Taliban’s destruction of famed Buddha statues

BAMIYAN, Afghanistan: Afghanistan’s giant Buddhas stood watch over the picturesque Bamiyan valley for centuries, surviving Mongol invasions and the harsh environment until the Taliban arrived with an apocalyptic worldview that did not care about one of the great wonders of antiquity. After years of scorched-earth offensives across Afghanistan, the militants — who saw any representation […]

Chinese bowl bought for $35 at a yard sale could make half a million

A small floral bowl bought at a yard sale in Connecticut for just $35 has been identified as an exceptionally rare 15th-century Chinese antique. The intricate blue-and-white artifact, which features motifs of lotus, peony, chrysanthemum and pomegranate blossoms, was originally commissioned by China’s imperial court during the Ming dynasty. It is now expected to sell […]

10th century Buddha Vihar discovered in Jharkhand’s Hazaribag

As per the evidence found in Hazaribagh, it appeared that the Buddhist structures were built during the Pala period, said an archaeologist with the ASI. A 10th century structure resembling a small ‘Buddha Vihar’ (Buddhist shrine-cum-monastery) has been discovered during an excavation, being carried out by Archeological Survey of India (ASI), in foothills of Juljul […]