Buddhisms Past Glory
A lasting influence of Buddhism is
instantly visible in the culture and daily social life of Kerala, even today. Kerala,
southern most state of the Indian subcontinent, still preserves its past glory in full
Buddhism came to Kerala in the 3rd century B.C.
The Ay kings of Kerala patronised Buddhism, even though it did not bloom to
its full potential here. Reniassance in the 8th century B.C. saw the decline of
Buddhism. However, Buddhism left its mark which can be seen in its influence on the
A remanant of Buddhist culture,
Karumadikuttan, the sitting Buddha statue dating back to 11th
century B.C today exists on the banks of punnamada lake at the backwaters.
This idol is one amongst the different stupas and ramnants of Buddhist heritage in this
part of the country. It recalls the glorious past of