Jain Remains of Ancient Bengal
by Shubha Majumder | 2017 | 61,684 words
Summary: This essay studies the Jain Remains of Ancient Bengal based on the fields of Archaeology, Art and Iconography. It first deals with the history and background of Jainism in eastern India, as well as the geographical setting and sculptural remains of Jain images in ancient Bengal. Finally, an iconological study is presented regarding the Yakshas and Yakshinis.
Jainism represents a way of life incorporating non-violence and approaches religion from humanitarian viewpoint. Ancient Bengal represents the modern state of West Bengal and the Republic of Bangladesh, situated in the eastern part of the Indian sub-continent. Here, Jainism was allowed to flourish from the pre-Christian times up until the 10th century CE, along with Buddhism..
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