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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Sanchi: Photo 13

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Rear of south gateway.  The top and bottom architraves, mistakenly mounted back to front in the 1880s, show the seven Buddhas of this eon and the siege of Kushinagar at the moment of capitulation.  (Kushinagar was the place of the Buddha's death.  The city tried to retain the Buddha's relics but a siege induced it to share the relics with seven other cities.) The middle architrave possibly repeats the Chhaddanta jataka, about the bodhisattva born as a 6-tusked elephant.

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