With the demise of the viharas, gone forever were the days when education would be open for all (castes) and not restricted to a minuscule minority. Gone too were the universities, till the British arrived and started building the new ones after the European pattern. There was a long period of the Indian version of the dark ages when social reaction triumphed.
To come back to the trip to Nagarjunakonda, which has been reconstructed on an island after the original site was submerged under the waters when a dam was built over the Krishna river. There is a reconstructed Buddhist monastery as well as megalithic mounds. On the banks of the river there is a place called Anupu that has some of the reconstructed sites. The picture below is taken at Anupu and is the reconstruction of the amphitheater, possibly inspired by the ones in Rome. Though the association is hypothetical, the place is named after acharya Nagarjuna, the founder of the Mahayana school of Buddhism. More on him in a later post. For now, here are some pictures from the trip.
Amphitheater at the monastery, Anupu
A Buddha statue and a stupa, Nagarjunakonda
Cheerful people on the way…
Sunset over the past
More pictures here.