Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya To Maintain Ancient Buddhist Remains

The museum will maintain and record century-old Buddhist relics from the Sind region.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya To Maintain Ancient Buddhist Remains

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, also known as the Prince of Wales Museum, is in the midst of gearing up to showcase a hidden gem of the country’s history. Century-old Buddhist relics from the Sind region will be maintained and recorded by the museum. The said remains, according to reports, highlight an ingenious era of history into undivided India.

The museum holds 297 relics of the missing Kahu Jo Daro Buddhist stupa of the Mirpurkhas, dating to the 5th century CE. The antiquities comprise sculptures of Buddha, Kuber and pieces of terracotta bricks. The relics will be sent to conservation-grade storage units this year. After being researched and recorded in 2022, it will go on display. In 2023, the research findings will go public.

A pristine example of the Indo-Roman terracotta art and architecture of the era before Independence, the Kahu Jo Daro is acclaimed. According to some narratives, some 10,000 Buddhists resided in monasteries in the stated region.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee, the museum director, according to reports, has stated that in 1909-10, two caskets of these remains were unheartened by Henry Cousens, who was the superintending archaeologist of ASI and the member of the PoW Museum committee. He stated that many of these relics were stored in the said area.

Reports also state that according to experts, the initial structure was curated during Emperor Ashoka’s Mauryan era. With stories mentioning that ashes of his disciples or Buddha were discovered there. It is alleged that the Sindhi community will be interested in this since it highlights Buddhist sway in Sind prior to the Islamic period. Rs 25 lakh has been donated by the Bank of America for these, state accounts. 

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