Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari
June, 1984


Buddhism in Kashmir

by Dr. R. L. Aima

' Nilmata Purana ' (the Purana of Kashmir) refers to the gaity with which the Vaishakha Purnima-the day on which Buddha was born, attained 'Bodhi' and ' Mahanirvana ' - used to be celebrated in the picturesome vale of Kashmir. Buddhist Chaityas - Stupas ' used to be decorated with flowersand paintings. Lord Buddha's statues used to be decorated with Aushdhis and Ratan. This tradition continued almost to the eleventh century A. D. Kshemendra ( 10th-11th A. D. ) started the writing of his famous treatise ' Avdhankalaplataon' on this auspicious day. Somdeva ( 1027 A. D. ) has brought out this fact as under -
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