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Kesaria Buddha Stupa

14th July, 2021 Culture

Context

  • The world-famous Kesaria Buddha stupa in east Champaran district of Bihar is waterlogged following floods in some parts of the district.

 

About

  • 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.

 

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/kesaria-buddha-stupa-waterlogged-in-bihars-east-champaran-district/article35262011.ece