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Sirpur Swastika Vihara, Chattisgarh

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Sirpur Swastika Vihara, Chattisgarh

Vatgan Rd, Sirpur,

Chhattisgarh 493445

Moolavar

Buddha

Introduction

                                Swastika Vihara is a Buddhist Monastery located in Sirpur Village in Mahasamund District in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. It is situated near Ananda Prabhu Vihara.

Puranic Significance 

        Sirpur, also known as Shripur and Sripura, derives its name from the ancient Indian texts and inscriptions. This historic settlement held significant importance as a center for Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism within the South Kosala kingdom during the period spanning the 5th to the 12th century CE. One notable site that emerged from the excavations in this rich historical landscape is the Swastika Vihara, which was brought to light during the archaeological investigations conducted between 1953 and 1955 under the supervision of M. G. Dixit. The discovery of the Swastika Vihara contributes to our understanding of the diverse religious and cultural heritage of Sirpur.

Special features

The Swastika Vihara, known for its distinctive aerial resemblance to the swastika symbol, holds immense national significance, having been designated as such under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act of 1958. Within the sanctum, a striking 2.5-meter-high colossal image of Buddha is enshrined, depicted in the Bhumisparsha Mudra, symbolizing the moment of enlightenment. Buddha is shown with Padamapani, carrying a fly-whisk in one hand, while the other hand rests on his waist. In the premises, there is also a sculpture made of red sandstone, representing Hariti. This sculpture was recently uncovered during excavations, further enriching the historical and cultural tapestry of the Swastika Vihara.

Century/Period

5th and the 12th century CE. 

Managed By

The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1958

Nearest Bus Station

Sirpur                                  

Nearest Railway Station

Mahasamund Station

Nearest Airport

Raipur

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