Impact of Buddhism on Art and Architecture

The doctrine of ahimsa or non-violence impacted the people and society deeply. Stress was given to animal protection. Buddhism challenged Hindu practices such as yajnas, sacrifices, and rituals. It outrightly rejected these practices and the caste system. Buddhists influenced emperors such as Ashoka and Chandragupta who later became non-violent. Thus, it affected Indian politics. As Buddhism spread to many parts of the world, such as China, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia, close cultural contacts emerged between these countries and India. The Following is the Impact of Buddhism on Art and Architecture


Impact of Buddhism on Art and Architecture


Buddhist viharas, temples, and monuments were known for their beautiful carvings. The gateways and railings of the Sanchi Stupa were covered with sculptured figures. They constructed many cave temples, which were decorated with beautiful frescoes. The Gandhara art was developed under Buddhist patronage. The numerous rock-cut cave temples, stupas, and pillars bear testimony to the Buddhist ingenuity in the field of architecture.


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