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About the Book:
Bodhgaya is one of the four important religious sites (Lumbini,
Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kusinagar) of pilgrimage for the Buddhists. Of the four
sites connected with the life of Buddha, Bodhgaya occupies a place of pre-eminence
for it was here that Sakyamuni Gautama attained enlightenment and became ‘Buddha’
– the awakened one. The event of Buddha’s enlightenment at Bodhgaya
inspired artistic creative urge among the artists for generations throughout
the eastern world and to create art, architecture, frescoes as also literary
compositions of unsurpassed quality and rich variety.
An archaeological site museum was established here in the year
1956 to house the antiquarian wealth that were found and excavated from around
the vicinity of the temple complex. The museum has a collection of Buddhist
sculptures ranging from 1stcentury BCE to 11thcentury CE. The book has been
divided into two major sections; the introductory section deals with the geography
of the region and its significance, the antiquity of the sites, the temples
and architectural remains, the antiquities and their artistic merits in Indian
context. The next part of the book includes an illustrated descriptive catalogue
of all the art objects (Acc. No.1-1575) belonging to the site museum of the
Archaeological Survey of India.
The present volume is for the first time provides a panorama
of historical evolution of Indian Art at Bodhgaya and also brings together all
the art objects preserved in the archaeological site museum in the form of a
comprehensive illustrated catalogue. Hope, the scholars, researchers as well
as general readers will find the volume a useful one.
About the Author:
Dr. Biswas is presently the Advisor (Museums) Central Board of Excise and Customs,
Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India, New Delhi and Chairman, Evaluation Committee,
Bharat Kala Bhavan, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He is the Academic Director
of the Archaeological Society of India, New Delhi.