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Varanasi
Each year, millions of pilgrims come here to worship Shiva and to bathe in the holy waters of the River Ganges.

Varanasi: sacred city


Hindu Temples Madurai and Meenakshi
Often covered with figural sculpture, these dwelling places of the gods draw worshipers to their inner sanctuaries.

Hindu temples





working jade
Cut, abrade, polish. With these three actions, Chinese artisans have been refining jade for 6000 years.

Working jade


Mandala of the bodhisattva Manjushri, Tibet, 1600-1800
How are statues consecrated? What role do mandalas play in meditation? Discover ritual objects of Tibetan Buddhism.

Sacred arts of Tibet








Seated Buddha
An inscription on the back of this sculpture identifies this as the earliest dated Buddha from China.

Seated Buddha


Hindu temples
Often covered with figural sculpture, these dwelling places of the gods draw worshipers to their inner sanctuaries.

Hindu temples





Chinese Buddhist cave shrines
Why were cave shrines created? Who were the patrons? What was their use? Discover these remarkable ancient sites.

Chinese Buddhist cave shrines



Working Jade
Jade is a stone that is too hard to carve—to work it, artisans slowly rub away stone with grit.

Working jade


Varanasi: sacred city
Each year, millions of pilgrims come here to worship Shiva and to bathe in the holy waters of the River Ganges.

Varanasi: sacred city