By Abraham Eraly

Whilst Zahir, the great-grandson of the Mongol conqueror Tamerlane, crossed the Indus river into the Punjab in 1525 with a modest military and a few cannon, after which defeated the large military of the Afghan ruler of Hindustan, Mughal rule in India had all started. it'll proceed for over 3 centuries, until eventually 1857, and decisively form India forever. it's a vibrant and dramatic tale, filled with incident and outstanding characters: Zahir himself, the intrepid pioneer; Akbar, the best and such a lot enigmatic of the Mughals; the aesthetes Jenhangir and his son Shah Jehan, who outfitted the Taj Mahal; and the dour yet decided Aurangzeb.

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Beside this temple wms a tope, bailt by Asoka, which thoagb in rains was still above 200 feet high. In front of the tope w u a stone pillar, on which were recorded the circamstancea of the Baddha's decease, but the day uid the month were not given. Tbe pilgrim, however, Mcertained from records that the Baddha lived 80 years, and died on the last day of the month Yauakha (April-M ay), but the SarvastiTadins held that be passed away on the 8th day of the second half of tbe month Karthika (October-NoTember).

S. 1901. pp. 80—84. 64 T 1TTIBA JATAKA. Near the tope of the Tnsk-extractiiig, the pilgrim proceeds, was another tope. This commemorated the action of the Ju-lai while fulfilling the career of a P‘usa when in pity for the want of ciyility in the world he took the form of a bird; as such he and hilt friends a monkey and a white elephant asked each other which had been the first to see the banyan tree under which they were sitting. Each gave his experience and according to their statements they took precedence:the good influence of this proceeding gradually spread, men got civil order, and reli­ gious and lay people gave in their adherence.

Buddhist Suttas, p. 99; Bockhill, Life, p. 186; Fo-pan-ni*iiaaiiching ck. 2 ; Ta-pan-nie^an-ching ch, 29 (No. 113). 4 J. R . A . S. for 1897 p. 919. The remains near Kasia in the Gorakhpur District &c. by Vincent A . Smith. 8ITB O P KUSINAIlL 45 writers. It is possible, as has been conjectured, that with the help of the recent discoveries in tixe Nepalese Terai the site of this place also vill be found in the TeraL In some Chinese translations Eapilavasta and Kuiinagara seem to be one place.

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