Monday, January 4, 2021

Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur - Bangladesh

Evidence of the rise of Mahayana Buddhism in Bengal from the 7th century onwards, Somapura Mahavira, or the Great Monastery, was a renowned intellectual centre until the 12th century. 
Its layout perfectly adapted to its religious function, this monastery-city represents a unique artistic achievement. 
With its simple, harmonious lines and its profusion of carved decoration, it influenced Buddhist architecture as far away as Cambodia. 

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