Somapura Mahavihara in Paharpur

Bangladesh is a country which is not really most visited by travelers but the country has a lot of things to offer among aspiring travelers, it has rich history and culture.  There are many historical sites in Bangladesh like Somapura Mahavihara in Paharpur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is the most important archeological sites in the country  and best known Buddhist viharas in the Indian Subcontinent.

A seal bearing the inscription of Shri-Somapure-Shri-Dharmapaladeva-Mahavihariyarya-bhiksu-sangghasya was excavated in Paharpur which  identified that Somapura Mahavihara was built on circa 781-821  by second Pala king Dharmapala of Pāla Dynasty.

According to records the monastery was repaired and renovated during the reign of Mahipala (circa 995—1043 AD) and destroyed by fire in the 11th century during a conquest by the Vanga Army killing Vipulashrimitra’s ancestor Karunashrimitra.  Then about a century later Vipulashrimitra renovated the vihara and added a temple of Tara. The restoration work was alluded to as jagatang netraika vishrama bhuh (a singular feast to the eyes of the world).

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