Stupavihara, aka: Stūpavihāra, Stupa-vihara; 1 Definition(s)

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Stūpavihāra (स्तूपविहार) refers  to “stūpa-temples” or “Buddhist shrines”. On closer reading of the Ajantā inscriptions, we shall find the word ‘stūpavihāra’ used variously to denote what we call stūpa-temples as well as the temples with Buddha shrines and residential cells. The word was used for the temples with stūpa shrines (Caves 9, 10, 19, and 26) and for the maṇḍapas, which either were converted into or were freshly planned as temples from ca. 466 CE onwards. Thus, stūpavihāra, munirājacaitya, caityamandira, or caityagṛha mean the same thing where they are stūpa temples or Buddha temples. 

Source: Shodhganga: Ajanta’s antiquity
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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