Gujarat once had a big presence of Buddhism. Hsieng Tsang had also documented that in his travelogues when he visited Vadnagar between 640 and 644 AD. He had documented presence of 1,000 Buddhist monks and 10 Buddhist monasteries. For last decade more and more Buddhist artifacts have been found.
Now, a plaque has been found which depicts the life of Buddha and dates back 1900 years. Some more things from that time (2000 years ago) have also been found.
Talking about the on-going excavation, Rawat says, “From the three different sites in Vadnagar, we have excavated around 2,000 pieces of archaeological importance, including a 2,000-year-old housing structure, numerous clay utensils, silver coins, beads, ornaments, Roman style head sculpture, turbaned face clay plaque.”
All this is probably from Mahayana period. Buddha probably lived anywhere from 563 BC to 400 BC. Ashoka lived from 273 to 232 BC, which was 200 years after Buddha.
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