Statue of Avalokiteshvara with inscription on pedestal, and inscribed base of another Buddhist statue, Hasanpur, Monghyr (Munger) District
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph showing a statue of Avalokiteshvara with an inscription on the pedestal and of the inscribed base of another Buddhist statue, from Hasanpur, Monghyr (Munger) District of Bihar, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1871-72. Hasanpur is also referred to as Jaynagar in the archaeological survey gazetteers. Avalokiteshvara is one of the best known Bodhisattvas in India. Bodhisattvas are enlightened souls who, rather than ascending to Nirvana remained on earth to help others also attain enlightenment. The name Avalokiteshvara derives from two words: Avalokita meaning looking on and Ishvara meaning lord. He is depicted in many different forms and can have two, four or a thousand hands. A facsimile of the inscription shown in this photograph can be found Archaeological Survey Report, vol. III, pl. XLV.