Paitava

Paitava
The Twin Miracle of Water and Fire, found at Paitava monastery, 3rd century CE.
The Twin Miracle of Water and Fire, found at Paitava monastery, 3rd century CE.
Paitava is located in South Asia
Paitava
Paitava
Paitava
Paitava is located in Afghanistan
Paitava
Paitava
Paitava (Afghanistan)
Coordinates: 34°53′00″N 69°12′00″E / 34.883333°N 69.200000°E / 34.883333; 69.200000Coordinates: 34°53′00″N 69°12′00″E / 34.883333°N 69.200000°E / 34.883333; 69.200000
CountryAfghanistan

Paitava was a Buddhist monastery located in modern Afghanistan. It was positioned together with Shotorak monastery around the city of Kapisa, 40 km north of Kabul, which was the northern capital of the Kushan Empire. Beautiful sculptures of Buddhist donors in Kushan dress are known from this site.[1]

Paitava was also 7 km from Begram. The monastery was visited by the 7th century Chinese pilgrim Xuan Zang, who said it was near a large city named Si-pi-to-la-fasse, the largest city in the Kapisa region.[2]

Paitava, with Shorotak, have an artistic usage of representing the Buddha with fire emanating from the shoulders in the miracle of Sravasti, a feature also found on the effigies of Kushan kings on their coinage.[3]

References

  1. ^ Behrendt, Kurt; Brancaccio, Pia (2011). Gandharan Buddhism: Archaeology, Art, and Texts. UBC Press. p. 11. ISBN 9780774841283.
  2. ^ Francine, Tissot (2006). Catalogue of the National Museum of Afghanistan, 1931-1985. UNESCO Publishing. p. 330. ISBN 9789231040306.
  3. ^ Rosenfield, John M. (1967). The dynastic arts of the Kushans. University of California Press. p. 200.
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