Friday, June 18, 2010

AMBARAN-An ancient buddist site

It was  ecstatic  to learn of Ambaran- an ancient Buddhist ruins of Kushans and Gupta dynasties. Located a few kilometers away from Akhnoor on the banks of the Chenab. Excavations suggests  four different periods of existance-the pre kushans period (second century BC), The Kushans period, the Gupta and the post kushans period.

The site at Ambaran-excavated at different levels
Many a terracotta heads and a gold casket containing the relics of the Buddha were unearthed here and are exhibited in various museums of the world.

Some coins, terracotta beads and other articles of Kaniska- the great Kushan Emperor unearthed her are exhibited in a small room along with some photographs of the excavation.







For some one with deep routed interest in archeology, a visit to this virgin site (I call it so because the excavation are on and fear, one fine day they may construct or recreate-this I feel is sacrilegious) is enthralling.







The base of the Stupa covered by tarpaulin sheets to save it from the vagaries of the weather. Hope the rain does not disintegrate the structure

12 comments:

Vaggelis said...

fantastic place. wonderful photos specially the last one

Phivos Nicolaides said...

What an interesting historical site and great photos!

Kannada Cuisine said...

What a pity....conservation means covering up in a tent...

Lovely photos though

Rajesh said...

Fabulous place. Had no idea before that Buddhist influence was there in Kashmir.

Indrani said...

That tarpaulin is just not enough.
Great place.

(Do mail me on your queries on your planned trip of Europe,)

P.N. Subramanian said...

Unheard. Thanks for the information.

Sam said...

I am surprised that someone from down south would come and visit Ambaran. Located near Akhnoor we do not have many non-J&K folks visiting the state (except for the tourist sector).
For those who do not know, Jammu and Kashmir was the seat of Buddhism for many years. The forth Buddhist Council was held in Harwan in Kashmir in 300 AD.
Ambaran is a mystery and it is better it stays that way.
Another suggested place would be the Kiramchi group of temples. It is a archeological delight. Let me know if you need more details.

R Sudhir Kumar said...

Thanks Sam, for your kind words. I keep looking for archelogical sites in remote corners. Well I did visit Krimich, It was such a lovely site for me to see. Please see scrool through for a post on Krimich.
They talk about Greek architecture, I believe it could be the pillars. I would be glad is you can through some light on this.
regards
sudhir

Jk News said...

Jammu’s Buddhist heritage awaits Dalai Lama who will be visiting on November 16, at the world famous archaeological site of Ambaran, near Akhnoor.

Kanti Kumar said...

Nostalgia grips me as I stand amidst ancient sites like Ambaran at Akhnoor in J&K. Exquisitely laid out bricks;majestic though crumbling stupa all are but worthy of a look. A must for all to visit. Kanti Kumar Bali, Jammu

Kanti Kumar said...

Nostalgia grips me as I stand amidst ancient sites like Ambaran at Akhnoor in J&K. Exquisitely laid out bricks;majestic though crumbling stupa all are but worthy of a look. A must for all to visit. Kanti Kumar Bali, Jammu

Kanti Kumar said...

Nostalgia grips me as I stand amidst ancient sites like Ambaran at Akhnoor in J&K. Exquisitely laid out bricks;majestic though crumbling stupa all are but worthy of a look. A must for all to visit. Kanti Kumar Bali, Jammu