Present work describes the Buddhist monuments discovered by Sir Alexander
Cunningham around Bhilsa in Central India, viz., topes at Sanchi, Sonari,
Satdhara, Bhojpur and Andheri.
It also gives a historical account of the rise, progress and decline of
Buddhism; the synods; the life and faith of Sakya; the symbols of Buddha, Dhamma
About the Author:
Sir Alexander Cunningham (1814-1893) was the first Archaeological Surveyor to
the Government of India (1861-1865), the department was abolished in 1865, but
revived in 1870, with Cunningham as Director, he held the post until he retired
Apart from his official reports of his annual tours and his occasional
contribution to the Asiatic Society of Bengal, he wrote on Ladakh; The Bhilsa
Topes; The Ancient Geography of India: The Buddhist Period; Corpus Insciptionum
Indicarum, vol. I, Inscriptions of Ashoka; The Stupa of Bharhut; The Book of
Indian Eras; Mahabodhi; Coins of Mediaeval India; Coins of Indo-Scythian Sakas
and Kush; Coins of Alexander's Successors in the East.
Life of Sakya
Faith of Sakya
Progress of Buddhism.
Reign of Asoka.
Rise and Fall of the Indo-Scythians.
The Gupta Dynasty. - Decline and Fall of Buddhism
Building and Dedication of Topes
Sanchi Tope - No. 1.
Description of the Sanchi Bas-Relief's.
Eastern Gateway.Right Pillar - Front Face.
Inscriptions. - No. 1 Tope. - Sanchi.
Opening of Sanchi Tope - No. 1.
No. 2 Tope. - Sanchi.
Inscriptions From No. 2 Tope. - Sanchi.
Opening of NO. 2 Tope. - Sanchi.
No. 3 Tope. - Sanchi
Sonari Topes. - No. 1 Tope.
No. 2 Tope. - Sonari
Topes at Satdhara.
Topes at Bhojpur.
Symbols of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
Description of ancient arms, &c.
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