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About The Book
Bharhut is located at the head of the narrow Mahiyar valley in central India, 200 miles northwest of Sanchi, where the ancient trade route from the western coastal regions to the eastern metropolis of Pataliputra joined the road to northern Sravasti. In the days of Mauryan Emperor Asoka (c. 272-234 BC) a brick stupa measuring about 68 feet in diameter and covered with plaster was constructed at Bharhut. During the reign of the Sungas, who were in power in the second century BC and reigned until the year 72 BC, a richly decorated stone railing, 88 feet in diameter, was added to enclose the mound.
Nothing is now visible of the celebrated stupa at this Buddhist site other than a shallow depression in the ground. Bricks and sandstone fragments are strewn all around. The remains of the sandstone railing pillar and gateways that surrounded the stupa have all been removed. They are mostly displayed in the Bharhut gallery at the Indian Museum, Calcutta.
The present work originally published in 1879, describes the stupa when it was originally discovered by Alexander Cunningham and the sculptured scenes and Jatakas that adorned the railings and the gateways of the stupa.
About The Author
Sir Alexander Cunningham (1814-1893) was the first Archaeological Surveyor to the Government of India (1861-1865), the department was abolished in 1865, but revived in 1870, with Cunningham as the Director. He held the post until he retired in 1885.
Apart from his official reports of his annual tours and his occasional contribution to the Asiatic Society of Bengal, he wrote on Ladakh; The Bhilsa Topes; The Ancient Geography of India: The Buddhist Period; Corpus Inscriptionum Indicarum, vol. I; Inscriptions of Ashoka; The Stupa of Bharhut; The Book of Indian Eras; Mahabodhi; Coins of Ancient India; Later Indo-Scythians; Coins of Medieval India; Coins of Indo-Scythians, Sakas and Kushanas; Coins of Alexander's Successors in the East.
|Title:||The Stupa of Bharhut||Publisher:||munshiram manoharlal publishers pvt. ltd.|