With reference to ancient India, consider the following statements:
1. The concept of Stupa is Buddhist in origin.
2. Stupa was generally a repository of relics.
3. Stupa was a votive commemorative structure Buddhist tradition.
How many of the statements given above are correct?
(a) Only one
(b) Only two
(c) All three
- The concept of Stupa is Buddhist in origin.
- This statement is incorrect. The concept of Stupa predates Buddhism. Stupas were originally used in pre-Buddhist Indian religious traditions as burial mounds or commemorative structures.
- Stupa was generally a repository of relics.
- This statement is incorrect. While some stupas did contain relics, not all stupas served as repositories for relics. Stupas were primarily commemorative structures and symbols of enlightenment in Buddhism.
- Stupa was a votive commemorative structure in the Buddhist tradition.
- This statement is incorrect. Stupas were indeed commemorative structures in the Buddhist tradition, but they were not solely votive in nature. They were also significant as pilgrimage sites and as objects of reverence and meditation.
Since none of the statements are correct, the answer is (d) None.