Bangladesh - Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur

"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." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Central temple along with its model, Paharpur, Naogaon, 8th-12th Century. Thanks to Sumanto of Bangladesh. Mailed on November 6, 2013 and arrived in Penang island on December 28, 2013.

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