Thursday, July 5, 2012

DEV NI MORI, Buddhist Heritage in India

Gujarat's offering was 
the Buddhist heritage in the state 
and it had a replica of 
4th century Buddha statue 
found in Dev Ni Mori, 
a stone edict of King Ashoka and 
Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang.

Gujarat is a state in western India. It has an area of 75,686 sq mi (196,030 km2) with a coastline of 1,600 km, most of which lies on the Kathiawar peninsula, and a population in excess of 60 million. The state is bordered by Rajasthan to the north, Maharashtra to the south, Madhya Pradesh to the east, and the Arabian Sea as well as the Pakistani province of Sindh on the west. Its capital is Gandhinagar, while its largest city is Ahmedabad. Gujarat is home to the Gujarati-speaking people of India.

Dev Ni Mori
The remains of a Buddhist monastery belonging to 3rd-4th century AD have been unearthed from Dev Ni Mori, about two km south from Shamlaji in the Bhiloda Taluka of Sabarkantha district, on the left bank of the Meso river, just where it emerges into the plains of Gujarat. The presence of a stupa and monastery has reconfirmed that during the early centuries of Christian era, there had been a strong presence of Buddhists in Vadnagar. Excavating of the stupa brought to light an inscribed casket. The inscription clearly mentions that the casket contains bodily relics of Buddha. 

Buddha Status in Dev Ni Mori


Government of Gujarat Seal
(This is also the stone edict of King Ashoka)