(Last Updated on : 05-03-2019)
Devni Mori is a large Buddhist site
that dates back to the period between 2nd and 7th Centuries. This is an important development in the history which tell that Buddhism
was not confined to a few places in India rather was a thriving religion
in the past connecting many regions. Devni Mori has gained immense popularity for excavations that have revealed a lot of information about the Buddhist culture which once prevailed here.
Location of Devni Mori
Devni Mori is located in northern Gujarat, about 2 kilometres from the city of Shamlaji, in the Aravalli District of northern Gujarat. Shamlaji is a flourishing town of art and culture settled near the River Meshow.
History of Devni Mori
Devni Mori has uncovered the remains of a Buddhist Monastery which belonged to the 3rd and 4th centuries. It was an important Buddhist monastic center 1600 years ago.
Archaeological Findings at Devni Mori
The excavations have highlighted the presence of a monastery and stupas which are worshipping centres for Buddhists. The findings also throw light on the fact that both Christianity
and Buddhism co existed. The stupa is unique because it has an encrypted chest containing relics of Buddha. It was the most important discovery from the site. The Viharas in Devni Mori were built from fired bricks. The inscriptions
on the box suggest that they were body remnants of Lord Buddha
Lord Buddhas ashes and 17 terracotta statues of Buddha that were dug out of the site are now exhibited in Department of Archaeology at The Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara.
Visiting Information of Devni Mori
Devni Mori is 2 km from Shamlaji. Shamlaji is well connected by road and is 125 km from Ahmedabad
. The nearest airport
is in Ahmedabad and Himmatnagar Railway Station is 47 km from Shamlaji from where one can hire a taxi or a state transport.
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