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Statue of a Bodhisattva, Jamui, Monghyr (Munger) District

Statue of a Bodhisattva, Jamui, Monghyr (Munger) District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(171)

Item number: 1003171

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a statue of a Bodhisattva from Jamui, Monghyr (Munger) District, Bihar, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1871-72. Situated near the town of Jamui, the remains of the Buddhist centre of Indapairgah date to the seventh-century. The principal monument found here is a large stupa, 125 feet in diameter and 35 feet in height. Many stone sculptures depicting seated Buddha and Bodhisattva figures, were found around the monastery and the stupa. The sculpture in this photograph depicts a Bodhisattva, an enlightened soul who, rather than ascending to Nirvana, remained on earth to help others attain enlightenment. Most of the sculptures found at the site are now in the Archaeological Museum at Jamui.

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