Q. Consider the following statements regarding Kesaria Buddha stupa
1. The stupa is said to be the tallest and the largest Buddhist stupa in the world
2. It is located in Uttar Pradesh
3. Both Fahien and Hsuan Tsang had visited this Stupa
Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[A] 1 and 2 only

[B] 2 and 3 only

[C] 1 and 3 only

[D] 1, 2 and 3

Answer: C
Notes:

The world-famous Kesaria Buddha stupa in east Champaran district of Bihar is waterlogged following floods in some parts of the district. 

About Kesaria Buddha stupa: 

  • The stupa is said to be the tallest and the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. 
  • It is located in Kesariya, at a distance of 110 kilometers from Patna, in the East Champaran district of Bihar. 
  • The first construction of the Stupa is dated to the 3rd century BCE. The original Kesaria stupa probably dates to the time of Ashoka (circa 250 BCE), as the remains of a capital of a Pillar of Ashoka were discovered there. 
  • Two great foreign travelers, Fahien and Hsuan Tsang, had visited this place in ancient times and have left interesting and informative accounts of their travels. 
  • The discovery of gold coins bearing the seal of the famous emperor Kanishka of the Kushan dynasty (AD 30 to AD 375) goes on to further establish the ancient heritage of Kesaria. 

Source: The Hindu 

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