Buddhism in Chhattisgarh
Historically, Buddhism has had a good influence in Chhattisgarh.
Information of Buddhism in Chhattisgarh
Archaeological evidence has been found about the patronage of Buddhism by regional dynasties and in the form of architecture and statues.
It is also mentioned in the Buddhist text Avadanshatak that the founder of Buddhism, Gautam Buddha, had come to Sirpur in his travelogue of Dakshin Kosala.
Buddhist monk Nagarjuna-Buddhism in Chhattisgarh
Buddhist monk Nagarjuna came to Sirpur in the first century during the period of Satavahana rulers.
A five-storey Sangharam (palace) was built in Sirpur for the rest of Nagarjuna by the Satavahana rulers.
This place related to Buddhist monk Anand and Swastika Vihar.
Anand Prabhu is in Sirpur.
It was constructed in Chhattisgarh during the reign of Pandu dynasty ruler Balarjuna. A
nand Prabhu Kuti Vihar was the residence of Buddhist monks and built around the 7th-8th century, this place was a place of worship related to the Buddhist monk named ‘Anand Prabhu’.
A large statue of Lord Buddha is in the main room here.
This place is at a distance of about 400 meters from “Anand Prabhu”.
It is contemporary with Anand Prabhu Kuti Vihar.
Due to the shape of this place being similar to Swastika, it was named Swastik Vihar.
A large statue of Lord Buddha is installed in the main room.
Whensang (Yuan Changs) Famous Chinese traveler Whensang, influenced by Buddhism, came to Chhattisgarh in 639 AD during the reign of Pandu dynasty ruler Mahashivgupta Balarjun.
Whensang mentioned Chhattisgarh in a book named Si Yu Ki.
So,describing his travelogue of Sirpur. Has been done in the name of. When Tsang traveled to Sirpur and Malhar. C.U.K. It is mentioned that Lord Buddha stayed in Dakshina Kosala for 3 months.
In the year 2015, footprints of Lord Buddha were found during the ongoing archaeological excavation in Damroo village, 14 kilometers away from Balodabazar, Chhattisgarh.
Archaeologists estimate that Damru village in Balodabazar district might have been the main center of the ‘Hinayana community’ in the fifth century.
In 2017, a sixth century Buddha statue was found during excavations in Bhongapal, about 70 km from Bastar district in Chhattisgarh.