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Significance of Sannati

Context:

Left almost unattended to for 20 years after excavation, the ancient Buddhist site on the bank of Bhima river near Kanaganahalli (forming part of Sannati site) in Kalaburagi district, has finally got some attention.

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GS I- Art and Culture

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About Sannati
  2. Significance of Sannati

About Sannati

  • Sannati is a small village on the banks of the River Bhima in Chittapur Taluk of Kalaburagi (Gulbarga).
  • It came into prominence after the collapse of the roof of the Kali temple in Chandralamba temple complex in 1986.
  • The collapse revealed the historically valuable Ashokan edicts written in Prakrit language and Brahmi script at the foundations of the temple, attracting historians from across India.
  • While the Stupa is believed to be one of the largest of its time.
  • The stone-portrait is considered to be the only surviving image of the Mauryan Emperor which had the inscription ‘Raya Asoko’ in Brahmi on it.

Significance of Sannati

  • Further revelations led to the discovery of the magnificent Maha Stupa, which had been referred to as Adholoka Maha-Chaitya (The Great Stupa of the Netherworlds) in the inscriptions.
  • More importantly, a sculpture-portrait of Ashoka seated on his throne with his queens was also discovered.
  • Historians believe that the Sannati Ranamandal (war zone) was a fortified area spread over 210 acres, of which only a couple of acres have been excavated so far.

-Source: The Hindu


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