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Buddhism artefacts found during Excavation for Ram temple site at Ayodhya

Amidst Corona pandemic and lock down and growing Indian cases and death the ground levelling work at the proposed site of Ram temple construction started from May 11.

During excavation  Ancient artefacts recovered from proposed site of ram temple in Ayodhya recently.

In an embrassing  to RSS backed Hindutva  Temple build movement   ancient buddhism related  artefacts found during the land levelling work at Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya on Thursday proved that it was a  Buddhist pilgrimage site 

After the news spread viral Local Congress leader Udit Raj demanded analysis of the recovered items by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

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In a tweet on Friday, the former MP stated that the ‘Dhamma Chakra’ and ‘Stupas’ recovered from the site bore testimony to his claim.

“I am not commenting on the Supreme court verdict as the Apex Court had said it was a matter of faith. But all I am demanding is to get the area studied properly by a team of ASI so that historical facts were not distorted as evidence prove that the place is a centre of Buddhism. The ‘Dhamma Chakra’ and ‘Stupas’ found at the site of proposed temple is a clear evidence of what I am saying,” he added 

“It is a historical fact that Faxian, the Chinese Buddhist monk who had travelled to India, had written about the presence of 100 Ashoka Stupas in Ayodhya. All I want is to save historical facts and not let it get distorted,” he added.

Modern Historians after though research  said Faxian wrote a book on his travels, filled with accounts of early Buddhism  as they were, at the turn of the 5th century CE. 

He wrote about cities like Taxila, Patliputra, Mathura, and Kannauj in Middle India. He also wrote that inhabitants of Middle India also eat and dress like Chinese people.  

In 414 he wrote (or dictated) Foguoji (A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms; also known as Faxian’s Account). 

He spent the next decade, until his death, translating the Buddhist sutra he had brought with him from India.

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RSS backed Hindutva forces pulled down 15th century  Historic Babri mosque during 1991 and that resulted in dispute and In September 2010, the Allahabad High Court upheld the Hindu claim that the mosque was built on the spot believed to be Rama’s birthplace and awarded the site of the central dome for the construction of a Rama temple.
 
Muslims were also awarded one-third area of the site for the construction of a mosque.
 
The decision was subsequently appealed by all parties to the Supreme Court, wherein a five judge bench heard a title suit from August to October 2019.
 
On 9 November 2019, the Supreme Court quashed the lower court’s judgement and ordered the entire site (2.77 acre land) to be handed over to a trust to build the Hindu temple. It also ordered the government to give an alternative 5 acre land to the Sunni Waqf Board.
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