The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) discovered a Buddhist monastery believed to be at least 900 years old.
Buddhist Monastery Founded in Jharkhand ASI
27 February 2021 Current Affairs:The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) discovered a Buddhist monastery believed to be at least 900 years old in a village near Juljul Pahar in Sitagarhi Hills, Jharkhand. It was buried in a Under the mound. Earlier, an ancient Buddhist shrine buried under a similar mound was discovered near the site.
♦ Four statues of god Tara in Varad Mudra (showing the gesture of allocating ballon hands).
♦ Nagri text on the statue of Tara: Nagri is an early version of Devnagri text, and its word represents Buddhist belief.
♦ The six Buddha statues in the Bhumisparsha Mudra (the gesture of the hand shows the five fingers of the right hand to the earth, symbolizing the Buddha’s understanding).
♦ The sculpture appears to be a statue of Shaivite deity Maheswari – with a crown and chakras coiled around-representing the cultural assimilation of the region.
♦ Since the monastery is located on the old route to Varanasi, and Varanasi is only 10 kilometers away from Sarnath, where the Buddha gave his first sermon, this discovery is of great significance.
♦ The existence of the statue of Tara indicates that the Vajrayana form of Buddhism in this area may spread.
♦ Vajrayana: The Vajrayana language means “Thunderbolt Che” and is also known as Tantric Buddhism. This Buddhist school developed in India around 900 AD. Compared with other Buddhist schools, its foundation is esoteric elements and a very complicated set of rituals.