By Kalpa Srivats
A interesting examine 5th Century India and the construction of the Buddhist Cave artwork at Ajanta
The tale starts off at the day of Buddha-Poornima, a sacred day for Buddhists, within the 5th century CE. The protagonist Nandhini Devi, an enthralling woman in her 20s, encounters a soothsayer in her village and is puzzled via his predictions. unexpected conditions positioned her in a Buddhist monastery the place she will get exact therapy from its head-monk, Buddhabhadra. The drama intensifies as she is shipped to a royal palace to have interaction with the potent Vakatakas. The plot unfolds during the interactions of the head-monk with the royal kinfolk, ministers, feudal kings and the woman. Unraveling her mysteries and pleasurable the challenge of the Buddhist monk (bikshu) turn into the crux of the plot. Buddhist monastic existence and the construction of the Buddhist cave-art at Ajanta, an international background Monument of UNESCO, shape the backdrop for the drama.
This paintings old novel areas its fictional narrator in a correct historical surroundings. 5th century CE Jambudvipa, now India, marks the waning of the nice Guptas and the apogee of the Vakatakas. Embedded within the socio-political weather are the cultural phenomena of India's religions and arts.
Nandhini Devi is stuck within the politics of 3 kingdoms: the Vakatakas, the Guptas, and the Asmakas. The turbulent political state of affairs propels a massive struggle with the blameless woman at its middle. Does she emerge unscathed or ruined by way of the political forces? Is she falling for the pleasures of royal lifestyles or leaning in the direction of the country sobriety of a Buddhist monastery? eventually, who's she? merely the bikshu knows!
This luxurious booklet is richly illustrated and adorned with various full-color photos that aid inform this amazing story.
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Ajanta: A Monk's Mission & a Maiden's Mystery! by Kalpa Srivats