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deva who ie frequently represented with a deer in bis left hand. Sill » lt..|., Vi^rim; Hwen Thsang, in whose day there existed a stupa 800 feet high covered with the rarest and most precious materials^ but none of the present rains at all approach these dimensions. A seated or utaudmg figure holding np tlie flexed right nrm, with tita palm direeled forwards, niid the left baod holding op tiie garment^) is known to he ia the attitude of bluseing or tlw Atlra tnniird. 2.—h riehlyscul|iturei BJah.a'S'x I'-ir-Jt', corawtinf of n ccutral and two lateral portions, the former proj«cting- ou Lwurds beyond the level of the latter.
It was to them that he first addmaod the a'love-named discourse, and, five days later, he delivered another on the non-existence of the soul, which led to t Wr Ixvoming his disciples and attaining nirr Sna, It was oo the Bit« of this monastery that the limjieror Asoka, in the third century he Fore Christ, built a large stupa which may probably be the one now known as Dnmek, and which is a corruption of Dharma, ' The Law.' Oencml Cunningham ' says that the name Sarnatb or S&ri- n Ath means *' The Best Lord," and that it is an abbroviat MUi of Snranggauatbu wbteh he inlerjrets as the " Lord cf tb« Deer," and he mentions thiit the title Snrniith is applied lo the tiod Mabadeva whose symbol, the lingam, is eusfarin«l in a temple on the western side of tlie hilic, aiid thai Sftranggonalha is an appropriate epithet to apply to Mali S. n^r, ia raitl to be teueliing or "Turning tlie Wheel of the Law," autl Uia attitude is called the D/iarma ciahd mndra.
For t Ui§ purpose I am going to the city of Benflres to gire Light to those enshrouded in darkness, and to open tiie gate (if Iinmoi tality to melt ',' The mendieants seeing him approaching, and that hia body did not bear any longer trace* of his former asceticism, resolved not even t« of Ter him a seat when he entered. A standing or seated figure of Buddha, with the hands in front of the breast, and the little finger of the left hand between the oppose)] tips of tlic tight (Imml) and foref!
They conceived that in resorting to this course he had abandoned the search after truth, and they therefore deserted him for the cloisters of Isipatana S Or PTA OALLKKY. Buddha is represented in these sculptures in various at- titudes, and the position of the hands is known as mudrd. The history of this specimen is unknown, but it is probably from Siirnath. l U bistory is unknown, but it has all the characters of a Sar- nilth sculpture. CO.— A brick capital, 10* by 10' by 5', modelled somewbnl in the Iiido-Corinthinn style.
It was to this monastery that the five mendicants who had attended the Bodhisat for six years during his great struggle at Buddha Oaya after wisdomi which he thought to have attained by penance, betook themselves after he had realized that the austerities he had been practising were not the path to true wisdom, and, renouncing these^ had begun to move about the villages col- lecting his daily food. This and the following sculptures were found by General Cunningham in the ruins of a small building, 11 feet square, dose to the Buddhist temple to the north-west of the sttipa Dhamdc. To the left of the de))cudent limb is a woman sealed in adoration, probably the douor of the sculpture. Thia sculpture had evidently been originally coloured rod.
During that barbarous proceeding, the workmen discovered a relic casket ^ of green marble inside a •tone box which was not removed from its position at that time, although the marble casket was taken away along with its contents which were human bones, decayed pearls, gold leaves, and jewels of no value. Cunningham was excavating among Uie remains of this stupa, he rediscovered the stone box still in its original position, and presented it to the Asiatic Society * The inscription found by General Cunningham, in 1835, 3 feet from tbetop of the great tower, is in the Inscription Room of the Museum.