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Thursday, 27 May 2010 18:30


By Suresh Bhatia

The Buddhist Heritage Research Foundation had been a nomadic organization for over a decade – working from one forgotten site to another with camp offices at Nalanda, Sarnath, and Kushinagar etc. Yet, in spite of having a web site with the generous benevolence of M/s Rangoli Creations, who over the years kept the Portal running, updated and have been co-operative at every step of our explorations. Yet, there was a dire need to be more involved in helping develop sites as well as caring for the villages that surrounded these ancient sites. Many of these villages were some centuries ago, the Capital of prosperous Kingdoms which were frequently visited by the Buddha. Most of these sites were last seen during the rule of the British in the 19th-20th century. After that only a few were developed into places for pilgrimage – and a large number of such sites, in spite of their importance still continue to remain in oblivion deprived of proper education, medical care and alternative sources of livelihood, should their meager crops fail due to changing climatic conditions. Hence the Foundation, apart from documenting historical evidences of sites and promoting them, will also be working for the welfare of the people who live there.

The motto of the ‘Trust’ registered on May 14, 2010 (Registration No. IV 587, Gaya, Bihar) stands as follows:

a) Its primary work will continue as a Cultural and Educational Center for the integral development of preserving forgotten Buddhist Archaeological sites. It will impart information by way of News Letters; hold Seminars, Publish Books, and Produce Videos, own Websites, Open permanent Photo-galleries/Multi-media museums, set up Libraries etc.

b) To establish, maintain, assist and organize free Educational Institutions and Dispensaries at remote forgotten Buddhist Archaeological sites for the benefit of the people living in the vicinity.

c) One of its immediate projects will be the restoration of Ananda’s Stupa in the District of Vaishali. According to the Buddhist Scriptures, Ananda, apart from being the Buddha’s Cousin, was also his assistant for 24 years. More information about this project will be posted on this and other websites shortly.

d) Among our future projects we intend to establish a University and specialized Center at Bodh Gaya for the study of Buddhist History, Archaeology for both Students from India and Abroad. For this Project we will be taking the assistance/collaboration of the Department of Education and major Universities.

The Buddhist Heritage has entered a new phase in its venture to promote its projects in an organized way, hopefully with assistance from the Government of Bihar as well as Donor Agencies and well wishers.

As per the Memorandum of the Trust, the Buddhist Heritage Research Foundation projects will not be confined to Bihar only but will be covering the whole of India as well as setting up of a Secretariat for the preservation of Ancient Buddhist sites in South-East Asian Countries as well as other venues in the area of the ‘Ancient Silk Route’ as well as remote islands and other sites where ruins can still be found.

In the very near future, we expect to make this Portal an interesting, informative site covering areas in other States of India – this time you just won’t learn about the historical sites alone, but also about the people who live there and their life style, religion and the struggle to exist.

On behalf of the Buddhist Heritage Research Foundation we thank each one of you for having visited our websites and Blog page regularly and sincerely hope that you will continue to show your interest in our project.

Yours in the Dharma,

Suresh Bhatia,
The Buddhist Heritage Research Foundation

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 August 2010 07:44