I saw two Buddhist sites, Somapura Mahavihara, an 8th century vihara, and Dhatu Jadi, a new Buddhist temple.

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Somapura Mahavihara

From the Somapura Mahavihara entry in Wikipedia:

Somapura Mahavihara in Paharpur is among the best known Buddhist viharas in the Indian Subcontinent and is one of the most important archaeological sites in the country. It dates back to the 8th century, from a similar time period to the nearby Halud Vihara and to the Sitakot Vihara in Nawabganj Upazila of Dinajpur District.

The site houses the architectural remains of a vast Buddhist monastery covering 11 ha (27 acres). It was an important intellectual center for Dharmic Traditions such as Buddhists (Buddha Dharma), Jains (Jaina Dharma) and Hindus (Sanatana Dharma) alike. The complex has 177 cells, viharas, numerous stupas, temples and a number of other ancillary buildings. The outside walls with ornamental terracotta plaques still display the influence of these three religions. The rooms were used by the monks for accommodation and meditation.

Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

View Over Somapura Mahavihara
View over the Somapura Mahavihara complex. (792k)
Central Stupa Somapura Mahavihara
Central stupa in the Somapura Mahavihara. (663k)
Central Stupa Somapura Mahavihara
Central stupa in the Somapura Mahavihara. (788k)
Central Stupa Somapura Mahavihara
Central stupa in the Somapura Mahavihara. (714k)
Closer View Central Stupa
Closer view of the central stupa in the Somapura Mahavihara. (812k)
View Complex Stupa
View of the complex from the stupa. (816k)
View Complex Stupa
View of the complex from the stupa. (685k)
Structures Complex
Structures in the complex. (1017k)
Stupa
On the stupa. (674k)
Stupa
On the stupa. (797k)

Buddha Dhatu Jadi

From the Buddha Dhatu Jadi entry in Wikipedia:

The Buddha Dhatu Jadi, also known as the Bandarban Golden Temple is located close to Balaghata town, in Bandarban City. Dhatu are the material remains of a holy person, and in this temple the relics belong to Buddha. It is the largest Theravada Buddhist temple in Bangladesh and has the second-largest Buddha statue in the country.

The Bandarban Golden Temple belongs to the Theravada Buddhism order, which is practiced by the Marma indigenous people, a dominant ethnic group of Bandarban. It was built in 2000 in Arakanese architecture, an adoption of the South East Asia style.

There are prayer stations around the temple for each day of the week. Each day is associated with an animal:

Monday: Tiger
Tuesday: Lion
Wednesday Elephant
Thursday: Rat
Friday: Pig
Saturday: Dragon
Sunday: Garuda (mythical bird)

Buddha Dhatu Jad
Buddha Dhatu Jad. (596k)
Buddha Dhatu Jad
Buddha Dhatu Jad. (889k)
Buddha Dhatu Jad
Buddha Dhatu Jad. (962k)
Part Temple
Part of the temple. (927k)
Ceremonial Bell
Ceremonial bell. (814k)
Decorated Pillar
Decorated pillar. (663k)
Buddha Statue
Buddha statue. (825k)
Ornate Roof Decorations
Ornate roof decorations. (747k)
Prayer Station Monday Tiger
Prayer station for Monday with a tiger. (864k)
Prayer Station Tuesday Lion
Prayer station for Tuesday with a lion. (930k)
Prayer Station Wednesday Elephant
Prayer station for Wednesday with an elephant. (867k)
Prayer Station Thusday Rat
Prayer station for Thusday with a rat. (893k)
Prayer Station Friday Pig
Prayer station for Friday with a pig. (862k)
Prayer Station Saturday Dragon
Prayer station for Saturday with a Dragon. (980k)
Prayer Station Sunday Garuda
Prayer station for Sunday with a Garuda. (977k)
Statues Thai Style
Statues in Thai style. (822k)
Buddist Monk
Buddist monk. (881k)

Buddha statues showing different hand gestures

The meaning of the various hand and arm positions (mudras) are described in my Buddha page.

Standing Buddha Abhaya Mudra
Standing Buddha with the Abhaya Mudra. (722k)
Standing Buddha Varada Mudra
Standing Buddha with the Varada Mudra. (670k)
Standing Buddha Statue Varada
Standing Buddha statue with Varada Mudra. (765k)
Standing Buddha Dharmachakra Mudra
Standing Buddha with the Dharmachakra Mudra. (723k)
Standing Buddha Statue Karana
Standing Buddha statue with Karana Mudra. (710k)
Standing Buddha Statue Abhaya
Standing Buddha statue with Abhaya Mudra. (673k)
Standing Buddha Statue Karana
Standing Buddha statue with the Karana Mudra. (681k)
Standing Buddha Statue Double
Standing Buddha statue with the double Abhaya Mudra. (757k)
Standing Buddha Statue Unidentified
Standing Buddha statue with unidentified Mudra. (814k)
Standing Buddha Statue Unidentified
Standing Buddha statue with unidentified Mudra. (772k)
Standing Buddha Statue Abhaya
Standing Buddha statue with Abhaya Mudra. (713k)

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