Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur

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Evidence of the rise of Mahayana Buddhism in Bengal from the 7th century onwards, Somapura Mahavira, or the Great Monastery, was a renowned intellectual centre until the 12th century. Its layout perfectly adapted to its religious function, this monastery-city represents a unique artistic achievement. With its simple, harmonious lines and its profusion of carved decoration, it influenced Buddhist architecture as far away as Cambodia.

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  • In terms of acreage, Somapura was the largest of the mahaviharas.
  • The terracotta artworks in the site have suffered from serious damage as a result of lack of proper maintenance, shortage of manpower, fund constraint and heavy rainfall.

Year of Inscription: 1985

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Evidence of the rise of Mahayana Buddhism in Bengal from the 7th century onwards, Somapura Mahavira, or the Great Monastery, was a renowned intellectual centre until the 12th century. Its layout perfectly adapted to its religious function, this monastery-city represents a unique artistic achievement. With its simple, harmonious lines...

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