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Sarnath: The Appraisal

Niharika (Author) Ajay Srivastava (Author) Sachin Kr. Tiwary (Author)

The history of Sarnath goes back to fourth century bce till twelfth century ce. The book contains the comparative study of monuments at Sarnath with the descriptions of Xuan-Zang and further with the archival records in the form of paintings, lithographs, line drawings and photographs. The harms occurred by humans or by nature is well documented. A beautiful collection of images related with Buddhism, Jainism and Brahmanism; their changing paradigm, significance of the Lord’s hand postures and panels showing his life-scenes are described in this book with rare photographs. The terracotta figurines, seals, sealings and beads of different materials, bricks, arches and kirtimukhas are never given due importance before. Along with these hundreds of small votive stupas of stone and terracotta are duly categorized and described with their purpose of construction, plan & photographs, etc. The excavations carried out have ample proof of Sarnath being a manufacturing cum factory site, which is first time dealt with in this book.  Sarnath has the honour of securing Lord Buddha’s holy relics in its premises and the history behind its expedition from Lord’s parinirvana at Kusinagar to Sarnath is narrated in the book. The place is marked with memorial edifices by the great Mauryan king Asoka and further by Kaniska, Kumaragupta, Sthirpal, Vasantpal, Kumaradevi, etc. The bibliography, rare photographs and line drawings are very conscious and exhausting efforts to provide a complete picture of Sarnath. We wish that this book will be fruitful for the scholars, researchers, pilgrims, tourists and visitors alike. 

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About the author


Niharika (born 1958) has a bright academic record. She graduated from the Banaras Hindu University in 1977 and took her Master’s Degree in First Division in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology from the same University in 1980. She joined research in the year 1980 and worked for the Ph.D. degree on a research fellowship of the Indian Council of Historical Research. At present she is engaged in post doctoral work on the same line.

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Title Sarnath: The Appraisal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2021
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789383221332
length xxv+261 p., 5 maps, 36 Line Drawings, 276 B/W & 39 Col. Illus., Bibliography, Index; 29cm.