Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India: GK, Current Affairs, Questions, Trivia and News

50th anniversary of establishment of Vishwa Shanti Stupa

Addressing 50th anniversary of establishment of Vishwa Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda) at Rajgir in Bihar; President Ram Nath Kovind said the timeless teachings of Lord Buddha and Gandhi are panacea for fundamental problems faced by individuals, a community, a country and the entire world.

Plaaces in news: Thotlakonda

The major part of the famous Mahastupa of the 2,000-year-old Buddhist heritage site of Thotlakonda has recently damaged due to heavy rains in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The dome of the Mahastupa is belonged to Heena Yana stream of Buddhism. The site is a prominent tourist spot with remnants of stupas, chaitya grihas and viharas atop ..

India’s biggest stucco sculpture unearthed in Telangana

Archaeologists in Telangana have recently unearthed a rare life-sized stucco sculpture from a Buddhist site at Phanigiri in Suryapet. It is considered to be the biggest stucco sculpture found in the excavations in the country till date. The sculpture is about 1.73 metres in height and 35 cm in width. According to officials of department ..

Silao Khaja gets GI tag

Silao Khaja, the traditional delicacy of Nalanda district of Bihar, has recently got GI tag from the Geographical Indications Registry at Chennai. The Silao Khaja is known for its taste, crispness and multi-layered appearance which is attributed to local water and climate of Silao. The sweet consists of 12 to 16 very thin dough-sheets placed ..

Maharashtra maximum number of Unesco World Heritage Sites

Currently, Maharashtra has total five Unesco World Heritage Sites and this number is highest among all states and UTs in India. The sites include Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves, Elephanta Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and the Victorian Gothic and Art Deco buildings of South Mumbai. The last one was included on 30 June, 2018.

India hosts 4th International Dharma Dhamma conference (IDDC-2018)

The 4th edition of International Dharma Dhamma conference (IDDC-2018) has inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind in Rajgir, Bihar on January 11, 2018. This 3-day conference has been jointly organised by India Foundation, Nalanda University, Ministry of External Affairs, ASEAN-India and Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha. The conference is an endeavour of Nalanda University as a bridge ..

Madhya Pradesh: Sanchi becomes first blind-friendly heritage site

Buddhist sites in Sanchi have recently become the first friendly world heritage monuments in country for the visually challenged. Special tactile walkways, signages in Braille, beepers and a Braille map would make the famed Buddhist monuments, including the Stupa, come alive for the visually challenged, who will also be also allowed to “feel” the grandeur ..

Quick Fact Sheet : Magadha Dynasty and 16 Mahajanpadas

1. The kingdom of Magadha roughly correspond to the modern districts of Patna and Gaya in Bihar plus some parts of Bengal.2. Magadha Empire was established by Vrihadratha. Jarasandh was son of Vrihadratha.3. Magadha was one of the sixteen Mahajanapadas or states in ancient India. Giribraj or Rajgrih was capital of Magadha.4. The first king ..