Incredible Images Reveal Buddhist Temples and Artifacts Dating Back 1,500 Years in India

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient Buddhist temple and dozens of other well-preserved structures and artifacts in one of India’s tiger reserve parks.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) shared images of caves, temples and other remains that were found inside the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, the largest state in central India.

“An ASI team covered nearly 170 square kilometers in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve area during months of exploration of the region for the first time since 1938,” ASI wrote.

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient Buddhist temple and dozens of other well-preserved structures and artifacts in one of India's tiger reserve parks.

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient Buddhist temple and dozens of other well-preserved structures and artifacts in one of India’s tiger reserve parks.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) shared images of caves, temples and other remains that were found inside the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, the largest state in central India.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) shared images of caves, temples and other remains that were found inside the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, the largest state in central India.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) shared images of caves, temples and other remains that were found inside the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, the largest state in central India.

“An ASI team covered almost 170 square kilometers that falls in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve area during months of exploration of the region that was carried out for the first time since 1938,” ASI wrote.

According to ASI, the time period of the finds covers the reigns of Kings Shri Bhimsena, Maharaja Pothasiri, Maharaja Bhattadeva.

Some of the places deciphered in the inscriptions are Kaushami, Mathura, Pavata (Parvata), Vejabharada and Sapatanaairikaa.

“In one survey, 26 temples, 26 caves, 2 monasteries, 2 votive stupas, 24 inscriptions, 46 sculptures, other scattered remains, and 19 water structures were recorded,” the team wrote.

The reigns of these kings are believed to have taken place between the 2nd and 5th centuries, which would make the ruins about 1,500 years old.

Some of the places deciphered in the inscriptions are Kaushami, Mathura, Pavata (Parvata), Vejabharada and Sapatanaairikaa.

Some of the places deciphered in the inscriptions are Kaushami, Mathura, Pavata (Parvata), Vejabharada and Sapatanaairikaa.

Some of the places deciphered in the inscriptions are Kaushami, Mathura, Pavata (Parvata), Vejabharada and Sapatanaairikaa.

“In one survey, 26 temples, 26 caves, 2 monasteries, 2 votive stupas, 24 inscriptions, 46 sculptures, other scattered remains, and 19 water structures are recorded,” the team wrote.

Coins from the Mughal era and the Sharqi dynasty of the Sultanate of Jaunpur were also discovered in the ruins.

“For me, the most surprising find is the remains of the Buddhist structures in the region where a Hindu dynasty ruled,” Jabalpur Circle supervising archaeologist SK Bajpai, who led the team, told a news conference.

“It suggests religious harmony, but it is not yet known who built these Buddhist structures.”

The researchers did not expect to see inscriptions from older cities like Mathura and Kaushambi because these cities are in a different Indian state called Uttar Pradesh.

“The names of these cities located far from Bandhavgarh suggest that there were business links and people from other cities may have donated something, but again, it is a matter of conjecture,” a senior ASI official told a news conference at ASI headquarters. ASI in New Delhi, according to news week.

‘This is the first time ASI has explored Bandhavgarh since the 1938 exploration by archaeologist NP Chakravarti. Many structures there have been documented,’ Bajpai said.

“We report and document more structures, including ancient caves, temples, Buddhist remains, mathematics, sculptures, bodies of water, wall inscriptions in ancient scripts such as Brahmi and Nagari.”

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