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White Stone Bearing Buddhist Architechture Found in Collapsed Hindu Temple in Andhra Pradesh

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Andhra Pradesh, November 24, 2016: In a Hindu temple site at Ghantasala village in Krishna district, a white stone wheel bearing Buddhist architectural carvings was found.

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According to the locals, the height of the wheel is almost two and a half feet which is dated back to 2nd century B.C. The wheel was found by the villagers, when they were collecting some construction materials at the Visweswara temple which collapsed a few years ago.

According to The Hindu, Buddhist Monk Banteji said, “Portrayals of a cow, horse, and an elephant are carved on the wheel. The Buddhist remain arguably belongs to the construction of the Buddhist stupa. The engravings are clearly visible and the wheel is in a great shape.”

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Mr. Banteji and some other Buddhist scholars are occupied in establishing the history and is also trying to find out its connection with the village, where the Buddhist stupa is in good shape and is being conserved by the Archaeological Survey of India(ASI).

Mr. Banteji further added, “We have to take up a deep study to examine the wheel belongs to which Buddhist site in Krishna district.”

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The Buddhist architectural wheel would be displayed at the ASI museum here.

-prepared by NewsGram team

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Buddhist Monks Wearing Orange Robes Made from Plastic Bottles

Thailand throws 150,000 to 410,000 billion tonnes of plastic into the oceans every year out of a world total

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Thailand was the world's sixth biggest contributor to plastic waste in the oceans behind China, Indonesia.

The monks of the Wat Jak Daeng temple on Bangkok’s Bang Kachao island have been wearing orange robes made from plastic bottles and other recycled materials.

“There is not a big difference between the robes (…) I myself wear a recycled plastic robe and they are very similar to the traditional ones,” monk Thipakorn of Wat Jak Daeng, who is also one of the driving forces behind this initiative in a country addicted to plastic, told Efe news.

A commune-level association, which has the financial support of big companies and the patronage of the Royal Palace of Thailand, began to make the seven-piece robes for the monks this year.

According to a 2015 article in Science magazine, Thailand was the world’s sixth biggest contributor to plastic waste in the oceans behind China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka — countries where rapid economic growth has bolstered consumption and waste.

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The monks of the Wat Jak Daeng temple on Bangkok’s Bang Kachao island have been wearing orange robes made from plastic bottles. Pixabay

The study, led by Professor Jenna R. Jambeck, estimated that Thailand throws 150,000 to 410,000 billion tonnes of plastic into the oceans every year out of a world total of somewhere between 4.8 to 12.7 tonnes annually.

Since the past few months, the Thai authorities have initiated a series of measures and launched environmental policies to try and reduce the non-recyclable plastic consumption in the country.

Plastic bottles are collected for recycling in the Wat Jak Daeng temple, on the southern part of the man-made island, and is surrounded by lush vegetation as the result of environmental measures in place to protect the surroundings.

Some 30 plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET) litre-and-a-half bottles are needed to make each set of robes, made up of 30 or 35 per cent recycled materials, while the rest is cotton and other materials, said monk Thipakorn.

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The selected waste is sent to a recycling plant, which in turn sends back fabric made of plastic.

Workers and volunteers in the temple then cut and mend the patterns to make robes.

“Until now, we have made some 200 robes,” Thipakorn added.

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A commune-level association, which has the financial support of big companies and the patronage of the Royal Palace of Thailand, began to make the seven-piece robes. PIxabay

Some of the garments are given to the monks in the temple, while others are put on sale for worshipers who visit the sanctuary, who can buy them and donate to the monastery.

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Apart from clothing, Wat Jak Daeng also reuses bottle caps and labels to make chairs and other products, setting an example in the fight against the excessive consumption of plastic. (IANS)