India as a country is known worldwide for its rich heritage, history and culture. It is due to its rich history that it has the most number of monuments in the country. Due to these monuments, India is still being considered favourably as a tourist destination by people from all over the world. One of the well known items worth visiting in India is the Buddhist Sculptures. The origin of these Buddhist sculptures can be traced back to the time of the Emperor Chandragupta Maurya, in the third century BC. This king built 85,000 stupas (dome shaped monuments) in the country in an attempt to spread the teachings of the Buddha in the country. The distinguishing feature of these monuments was that its pillars were engraved with Buddhist teachings.
For example, “The Great Sanchi Stupa” at Sanchi, is 44 feet high having remarkably carved gateways, which illustrate Buddhist legends. So also the “Ashok Pillar” in Samarth in Madhya Pradesh, is an example of a flawless model exhibiting the superior design concepts of the Early art of India since its inception. Also noteworthy, are the well known “Buddhist marvels” which were created over a period of 14 centuries, “The Ajanta and Ellora “temples carved out of live rocks and cliffs, boasting of colossal sculptures of animals and gods, paintings depicting the ancient Buddhist lives through its Buddhist Sculptures. There are other noteworthy relics of the ancient times which bring out the rich culture and heritage of the country, but the Buddhist sculptures take the cake in their superior mudras.