during your stay in India you go to Calcutta don't
miss the Indian Museum which is a veritable treasure
house of Indian Buddhist art. All the surviving parts
of the great Bharhut stupa, Asoka's magnificent lion
capital from Rampur, most of the statues found at
Kurkihar, Buddhist sculptures from Mathura, Sarnath,
Ratnagiri in Orissa, Gandhara and Java are just some
of the many exhibits worth seeing.
On the right side of the veranda facing the main entrance
is the large stone box found in the stupa at Kapilavatthu
(Piprahwa) and which contained the Sakyans' share
of the Buddha's relics. Being India of course, this
important artefact has no sign saying what it is and
visitors often use it as a bench. Upstairs is also
an excellent collection of Tibetan art but it is cunningly
hidden and takes a while to find. The museum is on
the corner of Chowringee and Sudda Street and
is open from 10 am to 4 pm and closed on Monday.
of the Parinibbana.