Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

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26 Buddhist caves have recently been discovered in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, according to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).


The Mahayana branch of Buddhism is connected to the 26 caves that were discovered.

These are comparable in antiquity to the Aurangabad, India's Ajanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The ASI crew also discovered 26 temples, two mathas, two stupas, 46 idols and sculptures, 26 pieces, and 19 water bodies in addition to the caverns.

A Buddhist pillar fragment with a little stupa sculpture from the second to third centuries CE and 24 Brahmi inscriptions from the second to fifth centuries CE were also mentioned by ASI.

The water bodies date from the 2nd to the 15th centuries CE, while the temples date from the Kalachuri period (9th to 11th century).

The Brahmini inscriptions mention the cities of Kaushami, Mathura, Pavata (Parvata), Vejabharada, and Sapatanaairikaa as well as the names of rulers Shri Bhimsena, Maharaja Pothasiri, and Bhattadeva.

Reserve for Tigers in Bandhavgarh

In 1968, Bandhavgarh was designated as a national park, and in 1993, it was made a tiger reserve.

The three main areas of the national park, which together total 716 km2, are Tala, Khitauli, and Magadhi.

Source: The Indian Express

Posted by V.P.Nimbalkar on 1st Oct 2022