Culture for Mains

Buddhist Stupa – UPSC GS1

The Buddhist Stupas were built at places where Buddha’s remains were preserved and at the major sites where important events in Buddha’s life took place. Stupas were built of huge mounds of mud, enclosed in carefully burnt small standard bricks. The Buddhist Stupa is a form of architecture, comprising a hemispherical dome, a solid structure …

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Barabar Caves – Lomas Rishi – UPSC GS1

“Lomas Rishi cave in the Barabar Hills of Bihar and gateways of some of Buddhist stupas are an excellent example showing true imitations in stone of early wooden constructions.” Examine. (150 Words) The Mauryan period was initially dominated by timber as is corroborated by accounts of Kautilya and Megasthenes. Ashoka was the first Mauryan to …

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Ajanta Caves – UPSC GS1

Describe the nature and form of wall paintings of Ajanta caves. (200 Words) The wall paintings of Ajanta caves belong to period from 2nd century BCE to 7th century CE. NATURE: they are mainly religious in their content depicting Buddhist scriptures (especially jatakas) except few places where Hindu religious gods are represented. FORM: As they are drawn …

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