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  • 1. Monumental principlesof the Buddhist era

2. Based on the teachings of Lord Buddha, who was born in 563 BCEat Lumbini, Nepal (Sect founded in 7th century BC) Buddhism preaches the path of practice and spiritual development,thus, leading an insight into the truth of life The main objective of Buddhism is to end the suffering of cyclicexistence or samsara by awakening a being to the realisation of thetruth and the achievement of liberation. Buddhism, which is considered today more of a religion than athought, focuses on moral discipline or sila, meditation or samadhiand wisdom or prajna rather than that of idol-worship. In 528 BCE, when Siddharta Gautama achieved enlightenmentunder the Bodhi tree at BodhGaya (Bihar, India) and becameGautam Buddha, He moved on further towards Banaras (NowVaranasi, Uttar Pradesh), where at Sarnath. 3. The Four Truths:-I. The noble truth of SufferingII.The noble truth of Cause SufferingIII. The noble truth of the CessationIV.The noble truth of Cessation ofSufferingThe Eight-Fold Path:-I. Right BeliefII.Right AspirationIII. Right SpeechIV.Right ConductV. Right Means of LivelihoodVI.Right ExertionVII. Right MindfulnessVIII.Right Meditation 4. Types of buildings Edicts inscribed on rock Monolithic pillars Stupas Monolithic accessories to shrines Castle and places Rock cut chambers Buddhist monasteries 5. Boldly designed, finely proportioned, conceptually wellbalanced Monumental free standing pillars not part of architecturalcomposition Shaft is circular piece of stone stone tapering upwards40-50ft long Capital -symmetrical designcapitalshaftInverted lotusor bell 6. After many years of teaching Buddha died at the age of80 .his body was cremated and ashes were divided in toeight parts the ashes were then deposited in several specialmound shaped monuments called Stupas Umbrella were often mounted at the top of stupa as a signof honor and respect Also known as thupa ,thope, pagoda ,dagoba 7. An Ashokan pillar across from a stupa at Kolhua, near Vaishali, inBihar 8. Sanchi is a small village in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh.It is 46km NE of Bhopal,Capital of Madhya Pradesh.It is famous for it housesBuddhist monuments called "Stupas" dating to 3rd century BCE."Stupa"in Sanskrit stands for "heap",Stupas are large hemispherical domes ormound like structure containing a central chamber, in which the relicsof the Buddha were placed. A circular tumuli of earth covered with stone or brick which propagatesthe Doctrine Also known as Relic ShrinesSpherical dome symbolises theinfinite sky, the abode of GodTop of dome is a small decorativebalcony called HarmikaAt top is a rainvase or Varsha sthala 9. .The upper pradakshinapath was perhapsreserved for monks , thetraditioanal one at groundbase of dome aaterrace of base of dome terrace oflevel was open to allMedhi with aaPradakshina Medhi with Pradakshina devotees .path for worshippers path for worshippers Ambulatory passage with gateways called ToranaStupa is enclosed in a wooden or stonerailing called Vedica 10. The reconstruction of the stupa was started in as early as 150 B.C.,when the existing stupa was enlarged nearly twice its previous size. The dome anda or eggis a solid brick work 32.32 in diameter and 12.8m high In some stupas , the dome was coloured and also some recesses were left at the intervals for receiving small lamps to be lit at the time of festivalsThe stupa was enclosed within a wooden orstone railing called as Vediacaleaving anambulatory passage with a gateways called asToranas,at each end of the cardinal points.The Great Stupa is 120 feet across (36.6 meters) and, excluding the railing and umbrella, is 54feet high (16.46 meters). 11. There are four gateways known as Torana at each side of the stupa in four directions east ,west,north,south. The decorative relief portrays the world of ancient Buddhism. A 3-tier stone or wooden umbrella called ChhatravaliOutside the railing there stood once thefamous Ashoka pillar.Canopy layers known as Chhatra at thetop of the stupa represent Buddhas past,present and future. 12. West Gate On west gate the Yaksha, a God of the Forest was carved . He is believed to be the origin of the later God figure, Vaisravana. Theres an image of a wheel and people worshipping it in the centre of the West gate. The wheel is known as the Wheel of Law, which East Gate represents Buddha and his teachings. On the east gate A Yakshi Goddess is South Gate carved on the Torana. On the South gate shows how people fought She is a Goddess of the over the Buddhas remains. After the war they Forest worshipped were divided into 8 parts, and later divided long before Buddhism. into 84 thousand parts. This process allowed Buddhists to build numerous stupasNorth Gate throughout AsiaOn the North Gate there arecarvings of peopleworshipping the stupa . Itdepicts people makingofferings, playing instrumentsand worshipping. 13. Northern gateway 14. Southern gateway 15. Pradakshina path is fenced by Railing orVedica 3.35m high 16. Stupa and Asoka Pillar, Vaishali, Bihar. Emperor Asoka is believed to haveredistributed the holy relics of the Buddha and enshrined them in vast stupasacross his empire 17. I. Amravati,3rd centuryA.D.II.Sarnath,6th century A.D.III. Karli,2nd century A.D.IV.Ajanta,6th century A.D.V. Barhut, 2nd century A.D.VI.Bodh Gaya, 75 B.C. 18. Amaravati which also known as Amrawati or Amraoti is a popular ancient city, which lies on the bank of River Krishna at a distance of 65 kilometers from Vijaywada in Hyderabad,AndhrapradeshOne of the major attractions of Amravati consists ofthe remains of a 2000-year-old Buddhist settlement,along with the great Buddhist stupa. There is also atemple dedicated to Lord Amaresvara in the city.Founded by an emissary of the great EmperorAshoka, it is also known as the Mahastupa and Deepaladinne (the Mound of Lamps).The stupa is made of brick with a circular vedika and depicts Lord Buddha in a human form, subduing an elephant. 19. Dome (Upper) The main part of the Amaravati Stupa was a solid great dome which most likely stood about 18 meters high. The dome was made of pale green limestone which was probably painted with bright colors.The upper part of the dome was probably decorated with plaster garlands. Garlandsmade of real vines and flowers were used to decorate buildings for festivals andspecial occasions.By the end of the 1700s all that could be seenof the structure was a mound of rubble andsome pieces of sculpture on the ground.Experts estimate the stupa, at around 35 m inheight and diameter, to have exceeded theSanchi Stupa in size. 20. Amaravati todayIn the late nineteenth century, most of themain Amaravati sculptures were taken fromthe site and sent to museums. Most of thesculptures are in a museum at Chennai, Indiaand at Amaravati itself. Many are also in theBritish Museum.There are various representations of LordBuddha in the form of sculptures in theAmravati Stupa. There are beautiful carvingsand sculptures which interpret the life ofBuddha and his incarnations from the Jatakatales 21. Reconstruction of the GreatStupa, Amaravati based on adrawing from Douglas BarrettsSculptures from Amaravati inthe British Museum (1954) 22. Railing crossbar with monks worshiping afiery pillar, a symbol of the Buddha, , GreatStupa of AmaravatiThe Great Departure of Prince Siddhartha,Amaravati 23. Carvings from the Great Stupa at Amaravati,Andhra Pradesh, founded 3rd C. BCRailing pillar with the Interpretation ofthe Dream of Queen Maya, Great Stupaof Amaravati 24. Railing pillar with King ShuddhodanaDome sculpture from the Great Stupa at and Queen Maya, parents of PrinceAmaravati, Andhra PradeshSiddhartha, on an elephant 25. Upper left corner of a drum slab, Great Stupa at AmaravatiDrum slab from the Great Stupa atAmaravati, 3rd C. AD 26. The stupa at Sarnath marks thespot where the Buddha gave hisfirst sermon after attainingenlightenment.The present stupa is 31.3meters tall and 28.3 meterswide/ 128 feet high and 93 feetin diameter. Swastika and lotus wreathdesigns cover the lowerportion. 27. niche 28. Ruins in the nearby fields. 29. Sthambas or Pillars with religiousemblems were put up by piousBuddhists in honor of Buddha or othergreat Buddhists. Fragments ofsthambas belonging to Mauryan timesand later were found at Sanchi,Sarnath, Amaravati andNagarjunkonda. The pillars of Ashoka are a series of columns dispersed throughout the northern Indian subcontinent, erected or at least inscribed by the Mauryan king Ashokaduring his reign in the 3rd century BCE. The first Pillar of Ashoka was found in the 16 century by Thomas Coryat in the ruins of ancient Delhi. 30. This Ashokan Pillar is one of several free-standing, highly polished sandstonepillars from the reign of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka found across northernIndia. The tall, heavy column isnt supported by a base or platform and iscrowned by a capital with a single lion. The authoritative, open-mouthed lion isseated on a square dais that juts from the capitals base, which is decorated withan inverted lotus blossom. Similar to other pillars that have been discovered inthe region, it is made of a single piece of light colored sandstone andtransported from a quarry in Chunar, near Varanasi (Benares).The pillar, erected by Ashoka in Kolhua near a brick stupa (a domed memorialfor the Buddha) and the ruins of a Buddhist monastery, commemorates the lastsermon of the Buddha before he achieved enlightenment. Its lion capital facesnorth, the direction the Buddha took on his last voyage. Only ten pillars withintact inscriptions have been found, although many more were erected duringthe emperors reign. The inscriptions describe edicts of ethical conduct, publicand private, based on non-violence and the tenets of Buddhism, that werecreated and promulgated by Ashoka. 31. A portion of the Ashoka Pillar, 15.25 metershigh, surmounted by the f