“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts.

With our thoughts we can make the world”- Lord Buddha

About Paharpur Vihara

Paharpur Vihara also known as Somapura Mahavihara is one of the most famous Buddhist monastery in South Asia. In 1985 UNESCO designated it as a world heritage site under cultural heritage. Its design is perfectly matched with the Buddhist religious functions and It had a direct influence on Buddhist architecture even far as Cambodia. This great Monastery was an intellectual center for learning of Buddhism until 12th century. It is Proof of the existance of a type of Buddhism called Mahayana Buddhism in Bengal from the seventh century onwards. Paharpur Buddhist Vihara or Somapura Mahavihara, stand as a symbol of golden time of Buddhism in Bengal and telling it’s history. At present day its situated in the north eastern part of modern day Bangladesh.

Historical Backgroud of Somapura Mahavihara

Rise of Buddhism in the subcontinent: In 6th century BCE the republican institutions were strong in India so there were a rise of heterodox sects against the orthodox religion dominated by its practices. Buddhism was really successful among them and its impact on the societies of that time was remarkable. During the reign of Ashoka this religion get more popular in the subcontinent. Many Stupa, temples and monasteries were built by him. Buddhism has become a major influence on the architectures not only in the subcontinent but also in China, Tibet and south east Asia. Although Buddha didn’t give any ideas on any particular setting of architecture, his followers established shrines to give the religion a permanent form. Dharmapala of Pala dynasty built Paharpur Vihara or Somapura Mahavihara in 8th century.

A Past Center of Buddhism

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