Documentation of Buddhist Sites and Monuments of Tamil Nadu: With Reference to Classical Tamil Literature
Funding Agency(ies):
Central Institute of Classical Tamil, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education, Govt. of India.
Principal Investigator(s):
Dr. N. Murugesan
Start Date : 
September 2011
Axis 4. of the Indology Department /
  • To prepare an exhaustive historical study of the Buddhist sites.
  • To make photo documentation of all the sites.
  • The final output will be a CD-ROM  and also a web version of the same.
Materials and methods:
  • The sites were studied using literature, inscriptions and archaeological reports.
  • The photo documentation of the sites was done through field visits and by preparing a series of maps to geographically locate all the Buddhist sites of Tamil Nadu.
External team members:
- Dr. R. Vijayalakshmy
- N. Venkatesan
Main outputs:
- Publication of a CD-ROM
This project has documented the Buddhist Sites and Monuments of Tamil Nadu in addition to the detailed analysis of the Classical Tamil Literature associated with Buddhism. This work will provide opportunities for future research.

Staff ( IFP & External )

MURUGESAN N., Researcher
SUBBARAYALU Y., Associated researcher
KANNAN M., Researcher
RAMESH KUMAR K., Photographer