Temples as the realm of the gods, breathtaking garden tombs, and awesome stories in stone — there is much to see and learn in India.
The diverse objects from South Asia that fill the world’s museums and are valued as important works of art can sometimes be daunting to teach and study.
Bodh Gaya is the place where the Buddha attained enlightenment—over millennia it has been reconstructed and reimagined.
At 216 feet high, the Rajarajesvara temple is a sight to behold.
A lord and beasts from the third millennium B.C.E.
The many forms of Shiva at Elephanta island.
The great goddess Durga slays the buffalo demon Mahishasura in a 7th century rock-cut temple in Mamallapuram, India.
A temple with three shrines, this majestic complex faces the sea and features a rich sculptural program.
This extraordinary carving is one of the largest relief sculptures in the world. Scholars still debate its meaning.
A mound of dirt or the body of the Buddha? These sacred sites give practitioners insight into the Four Noble Truths.
This legendary complex draws thousands of visitors per day. Its bewildering spaces delight—and overwhelm—the eye.
Siddhartha achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. Now a major pilgrimage site, it is covered in offerings.
Cut into a mountainside, this monastic complex is hard to see but offers a breathtaking glimpse of ancient India.