Author: M K Dhavalikar
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195675908
The Buddhist monuments at Sanchi were built over a period of 1400 years, from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century AD. Apart from the impressive stupas, this important site-visited by thousands of Buddhist pilgrims each years-includes magnificent carved gateways, a famed Ashokan pillar, and various monasteries and temples.
The book begins with a succinct overview of Sanchi’s historical background, also tracing the life and works of the Buddha and the evolution of his religion. The author then takes the reader on a tour of the site, his erudite commentary highlighting the architectural and artistic significance of various features of the monuments. This detailed description is brought to life using numerous plans, maps and photographs, making the book invaluable to all visitors to Sanchi.
Written by a leading expert in Indian archaeological history, this accessible and readable book will be welcomed by archaeologists and art historians, as well as general readers and informed tourists interested in India’s most famous Buddhist monuments.
The Monumental Legacy series presents a brief introduction to the major World heritage (cultural) Sites in India. Written by an authority on the subject, each book provides historical background, a detailed guide to the monuments, and an easy-to-follow glossary of various art and architectural terms, enabling general readers and visitors to the site to view the monuments in their proper perspective.
ONE: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
THREE: THE MONUMENTS
The Great Stupa (Mahastupa)
The Gateways (Toranas)
The Ashokan Pillar
FOUR: EASTERN Area
Building 49, 50, and 32
Temple and Monastery 45
FIVE: SOUTHERN AREA
Monasteries 38, 36, and 37
SIX: WESTERN SLOPE