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The Cloud Messenger  


Sometimes described as the Shakespeare of India, Kālidāsa mastered various literary genres in his lifetime and continued to thrive, even in Western translations, into modern times. He ... More

The Code of Manu  


The Code of Manu deals with many different features of Hindu life, such as the proper behavior of different castes and methods for ritual purification. The “Manu” referred to in the title ... More

Copper Head of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, Vietnam  


This head, crafted from copper alloy, is all that remains of an impressive image found in central Vietnam. It depicts the Avalokiteshvara, the embodiment of Buddhist compassion, and the ... More

Image of Draupadi and the Pandava, from the Dashavatara Temple, Deogarh, India  


This is an inscribed rendering of some of the major male and female characters of the Mahabharata. According to this legend, a king surrenders power to his blind brother and has five sons ... More

The Lady of the Jewel Necklace  

Harsha Vardhana

Harsha Vardhana, one of the better known monarchs of India, controlled a wide swath of territory in the northern subcontinent between 606 and 647 CE. Harsha was visited during his reign by ... More

The Lotus Sutra  


Buddhism had begun to spread widely within India after the conversion of Asoka in the third century BCE, and his promotion of the religion as part of a syncretic (a combination of elements ... More

A Record of Buddhist Countries  


Faxien (circa 334-415 CE) was a Chinese monk who, with several companions, traveled the Silk Road to India and returned via the Indian Ocean trade route between 399 and 413 CE. Their ... More

Seated Buddha, From The Gandhara Culture, Afghanistan-Pakistan  


Gandhara became the center of a vibrant artistic tradition for several centuries. As Greek Bactrians merged their cultural values with Buddhists, Hellenistic artistic techniques fused with ... More

The Vishnu Purana  


The development of Mahayana Buddhism represented a serious challenge to Hinduism’s position as the predominant form of religion in India. Hinduism met that challenge with the development of ... More