“Unique relief from Kurunagala depicting the seven weeks after the enlightenment of the Buddha” by Dr. Osmund Bopearachchi
Posted on December 25th, 2015

Dr. Hema Goonatilake

Unique relief from Kurunagala depicting the seven weeks after the enlightenment of the Buddha”
by Dr. Osmund Bopearachchi, Emeritus Director of Research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris

will be held on Monday 28th December at 5,00 p.m. at the Royal Asiatic Society Auditorium.

The talk presents a a hitherto unpublished relief found in the premises of the Rankirimada Rajamaha Vihara, Doluwa, Kumbukwewa (Kurunagala District), most probably sculpted on the island by an Andhran artist by using Andhran limestone. This is the most ancient visual document, so far attested, depicting the seven weeks that follow immediately after the Enlightenment of the Buddha. Archaeological evidence along with epigraphic and literary sources attests the intense interactions between the Buddhists of Sri Lanka and those of the same faith in the Krishna valley in Andhra during the early centuries of the Common Era.

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