Q. “Kanaganahalli”- ancient Buddhist site is located in which of the following state?

[A] Kerala

[B] Andhra Pradesh

[C] Tamil Nadu

[D] Karnataka

Answer: D

Early Buddhist art in India expanded exponentially when, in 1994, archaeologists unearthed a spectacular ancient stupa outside the hamlet of Kanaganahalli in modern Karnataka State, in India’s southwest.  

  • As if by magic, a lost Buddhist monastic center from the early first millennium emerged from a shapeless mound.  
  • By virtue of its remarkable stone sculpture and hundreds of ancient stone inscriptions, Kanaganahalli instantly took its place among the most celebrated early Buddhist sites in India.  
  • One location mentioned in the inscriptions even turns up in Ptolemy’s Geographia of the 2nd century CE, a reminder of how small the world was becoming even at the beginning of the first millennium. 

Source: Ncert History