Thursday, September 29, 2011

"A Journey through Bihar to Vihara" and the Heritage Leaders

Heritage is a tie that binds and it is a resource from which we all profit, whether spiritually as a document of the richness of our faith; or culturally, as a testament to the stories and traditions that we share. The Buddhist Remains of Bihar is spread across in its villages and most of the time the community of the village is unaware of its social and economical value. Tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Bihar can provide economic benefit while reinforcing the common identity of the community and strengthening socio-economic aspirations.
The creation of sensitivity, awareness of cultural heritage and attachment is not something that can be developed with short-term efforts. This requires sustained and focused efforts that can persist for a generation. Nava Nalanda Mahavihara Sanskritik Gram (NNMSG), the Patipatti arm of Nava Nalanda Mahavihara is conceptualised for sustained efforts in the field of Community-Heritage interface there by promoting "Engaged Buddhism". In past we have organised thematic exhibitions featuring various aspects of the Buddhist heritage of Bihar. In continuity of the past efforts NNMSG is organising an exhibition titled A Journey through Bihar to Vihara. The focus of the Exhibition is on the footprints of the Buddha Cārikā and its dynamics with the local community.
The Exhibition has three sub-themes, one of them is "A tribute to the Buddha and Vihara"

Bihar in general and Magadha in particular is a repository of tangible and intangible Buddhist heritage, with this exhibition we unfold to interact with the stakeholders. Objective is to instill a sense of pride among the community about the existence of tangible and intangible heritage in their vicinity. We also want to reach those who support the preservation of cultural heritage in this region so that we can plan the roadmap which will enable us to jointly envision and ensure a future for the cultural heritage of Bihar.

2nd Sub-theme is "The Buddha, The Dhamma and the Sangha"
3rd  Sub-theme is "In Trails of Faxian and Xuanzang in Bihar"

Heritage leaders from 40 odd villages participated in the "Engaged Buddhism" Workshop on occasion of World Tourism Day on 27th Sept.
Heritage Leaders participating in the Workshop

Shri Awadhesh Kumar from Village Telhada
Heritage Delegates making talks
Heritage Delegates from  Village Telhada spotting their villages in Exhibiton Panels
Delegates busy spotting  their  village
Shri Narendra Singh ji and his team  from Village Parwati by the  Parwati Panel
Team from Village Gurpa
Shri Awadesh Ji with his team from Village-Hathiyawan
Shri Awadhesh Prasad from  Village Satamas
Shri Deepak Dangi From Village Dharaut
Shri Jagrup Choudhary with his team from Village Khiri
Delegates- Group Photograph in the Exhibition Hall


Rajneesh Ranjan/Jaicky said...

(Hi, I am Rajneesh Ranjan from village Dharaut. somthing about my village)-Dharaut about 10 Kms north west of Barabar hills, has been identified as the site of the Buddhist monantery of Gunamati. Not only does the position of Dharaut correspond with the account of itinerary given by the Chinese pilgrim Huen Tsang but the site of the ruins also agrees with hisdescription. At the foot of the Kunwa hill which shut in Dharaut on the south stretches a large tank known as Chandrapokhar. The name of the tank perpetuates the legend that it was excavated by Raja Chandra Sen. Two modern temples at its north eastern corner once contained a large collection of ancient statues. The most remarkable was a colossal image of twelve armed Avalokiteswara Boddhisatva which has now been shifted to the Patna musiam.

Deepak Anand said...

Thanks Rajneesh ...i have visited your village a few times and in touch with Deepak Dangi.
we have mentioned the xuanzang's description about the dharaut in our exhibition