Kesaria Buddha Stupa
14th July, 2021 Culture
- The world-famous Kesaria Buddha stupa in east Champaran district of Bihar is waterlogged following floods in some parts of the district.
- The original Kesariya stupa dates to the time of Ashoka (circa 250 BCE), as the remains of a capital of a Pillar of Ashoka were discovered there..
- The current stupa dates to the Gupta Dynasty between 200 AD and 750 AD.
- The local people call this stupa "Devala", meaning "house of god".
- Gold coins bearing the seal of the famous emperor Kanishka of the Kushan dynasty (AD 30 to AD 375) were discovered from here.
- The stupa’s exploration had started in the early 19th century after its discovery led by Colonel Mackenzie in 1814.
- Foreign travelers, Faxian (Fahien) and Xuan Zang (Hsuan Tsang), had visited this place.
- The ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) has declared it a protected monument of national importance.