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Title:
AWAKENING OF THE SLEEPING BUDDHA OF AJINA TEPA; A CASE STUDY OF DIFFUSION OF BUDDHISM IN THE VAKHSH VALLEY REGION

Authors:
Dr. D. K. Shahi

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Dr. D. K. Shahi
Associate Professor, Deptt. of Geography, D.A.V. P.G. College, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

MLA 8
Shahi, Dr. D. K. "AWAKENING OF THE SLEEPING BUDDHA OF AJINA TEPA; A CASE STUDY OF DIFFUSION OF BUDDHISM IN THE VAKHSH VALLEY REGION." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 4, no. 5, May 2019, pp. 3558-3568, ijsser.org/more2019.php?id=267. Accessed May 2019.
APA
Shahi, D. (2019, May). AWAKENING OF THE SLEEPING BUDDHA OF AJINA TEPA; A CASE STUDY OF DIFFUSION OF BUDDHISM IN THE VAKHSH VALLEY REGION. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 4(5), 3558-3568. Retrieved from ijsser.org/more2019.php?id=267
Chicago
Shahi, Dr. D. K. "AWAKENING OF THE SLEEPING BUDDHA OF AJINA TEPA; A CASE STUDY OF DIFFUSION OF BUDDHISM IN THE VAKHSH VALLEY REGION." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 4, no. 5 (May 2019), 3558-3568. Accessed May, 2019. ijsser.org/more2019.php?id=267.

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Abstract:
Historically the religious and philosophical ideas of Buddhism spread along the trade routes across Central Asia and quickly became the dominant religion of the region. It affected the Religious and cultural landscape all along the Silk Route and gave new cultural identity to different regions. Being a central feature of the Buddhist tradition, monastery is a vehicle of Buddhist thought. It creates a sense of place and regional identity. The Buddhist monastery of Ajina Tepa, a unique symbol of Vakhsh Cultural Heritage, was an essential feature of the civilization of the Vakhsh Valley Region. Rightly, it is regarded as the earliest evidence of Buddhism in the region. The history of the Ajina Tepa monastery is the history of spread of Buddhism in the Vakhsh Valley Region of Tajikistan. It facilitated interaction between people and places and thus the diffusion of Buddhism. As a symbol of the faith, it was an expression of the spread of Buddhist cultural in the Vakhsh Valley Region of Tajikistan. Without aiming to be much comprehensive, the article reveals the traces of Buddhism in the Vakhsh Valley Region. The objective of this study is to identify the history and the characteristics of the cultural landscape of the Buddhist monastery of Ajina Tepa. It also looks into the role of the Buddhist monastery of Ajina Tepa in the diffusion of Buddhism in the Vakhsh Valley Region of Tajikistan. Apart from geographical investigation it includes micro historical investigation in given time and space.