Department of Buddhist Studies organizes heritage tour to the Buddhist Site of Ambaran
Mar 05, 2023
JAMMU: With the aim to orient the scholars and students Post-Graduate of Buddhist Studies to the vibrant phase of Buddhism in the Jammu region, the Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Jammu, organized a heritage tour to the ancient Buddhist Site at Ambaran near Akhnoor in collaboration with INTACH Jammu Chapter.
Well-known art historian Dr. Lalit Gupta, the Chief Guest explained in detail to students and scholars the historic and cultural importance of the ancient monastic complex of Ambran. How it had remain active from the 2nd century BCE to the 6th century CE as a center for the propagation of Buddhism in the region and also as an important transit station for the monks going to Kashmir and further to Central Asia.
Professor Shohab Inayat Malik HoD, Department of Buddhist Studies, and Dr. Rajesh Sharma, Faculty, Department of Buddhist studies, also accompanied the students and scholars to the heritage visit along with faculty members.
The students also visited Akhnoor Fort and the Jia Pota Ghat, the site of the coronation of Maharaja Gulab Singh by Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1822.
Prof. Inayatb Malik, exhorted the students, and scholars to visit more Buddhist sites that exist in Jammu and Kashmir to understand the development of Buddhism and its historical and Philosophical relevance.