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Two votive stupas from Bodh Gaya

Two votive stupas from Bodh Gaya

Photographer: Garrick, Henry Baily Wade

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(69)

Item number: 100369

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of two small votive stupas, found to the North of the Mahabodhi Temple, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Henry Baily Wade Garrick in 1880-81. The entire courtyard of the temple is studded with a large number of varieties of stupas. These stupas are octagonal with four projecting faces containing figures of Buddha in niches and a tall base of decorated mouldings over which rises a tall spire made of successive tiers of umbrellas. The Mahabodi Temple complex is one of the holiest sites related to the life of Buddha. The original temple was built by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC and the present temple dates from the 7th century, late Gupta period. The temple was built in front of the Bodhi Tree, under which the Buddha obtained enlightenment, surrounded by a quadrangular stone railing.

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