By Kalpa Srivats
A attention-grabbing examine 5th Century India and the construction of the Buddhist Cave artwork at Ajanta
The tale starts 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 at a loss for words through his predictions. unexpected conditions positioned her in a Buddhist monastery the place she will get designated therapy from its head-monk, Buddhabhadra. The drama intensifies as she is shipped to a royal palace to engage with the robust Vakatakas. The plot unfolds throughout the interactions of the head-monk with the royal relatives, ministers, feudal kings and the woman. Unraveling her mysteries and pleasurable the challenge of the Buddhist monk (bikshu) develop into the crux of the plot. Buddhist monastic existence and the construction of the Buddhist cave-art at Ajanta, a global background Monument of UNESCO, shape the backdrop for the drama.
This artwork ancient novel areas its fictional narrator in a correct ancient 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 scenario propels an incredible conflict with the blameless woman at its heart. Does she emerge unscathed or ruined through the political forces? Is she falling for the pleasures of royal existence or leaning in the direction of the country sobriety of a Buddhist monastery? eventually, who's she? basically the bikshu knows!
This luxurious ebook is richly illustrated and adorned with a number of full-color photos that support inform this remarkable story.
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