Thursday, 3 September 2009

Comilla - the ruins

There are only really two reasons to visit Comilla. The first is the Mainimati Ruins - the remains of a huge Buddhist temple complex. Between the 6th and 13th centuries, this area was important centre of Buddhist culture. First stop was at the Mainimati Museum made short because of the approaching closure. There were many brass Buddhist statues and also some Hindu gods in black stone. What I liked best were the terracotta plaques that had a range of illustrations on them such as various animals. Adjoining the museum are the ruins of Salban Vihara, which is huge. Walls and steps of the complex and some temples remain. The other ruins nearby are all in the cantonment so require special permission to enter.

Admiring the view

Excavation or restoration????

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