A Chola Country Period Granite Buddha Statue Identified In India
07-24-2018    The Hindu
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=4>Special Correspondent, The Hindu<BR><BR></P></FONT></SPAN>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><FONT size=4><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Thanjavur</SPAN></st1:City><SPAN lang=EN-US>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">India</st1:country-region> -- A granite Buddha statue has been identified at Kuzhumur in Sendhurai taluk in Perambalur district by B. Jambulingam of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Tamil</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> at Thanjavur. </SPAN></FONT></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=4>Jambulingam has done an extensive study on Buddha statues for his doctorate entitled "Buddhism in the Chola Country".</FONT></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=4>According to Dr.Jambulingam, in the Chola country comprising composite Tiruchi district, composite Thanjavur district and Pudukottai district, Buddhist granite statues were found in many places, which proved the existence of Buddhism once in a flourishing stage.</FONT></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=4>This Buddha is of nearly four ft high, cross legged on samparyanka on a padmasana with hands resting on the lap on meditation, the lap region formed by the upward toes of the leg. The usual sanghati with a wider fringe on the left chest extending to the navel is found. The statue has elongated ear lobes.</FONT></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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