Fa-Hien was a renowned Chinese traveler and pilgrim, known for his extensive travel throughout India. He visited India during the year 399 and returned to his homeland, China, in the year 414.

Fa-Hien came to India with a view to trace the origin of the Buddhist religion. As a part of his tour, he visited various Buddhist shrines and interacted with prominent religious persons. The account Fa-Hien wrote on his travel in India throws a valuable insight into the history of the land in ancient times. It describes his encounters with the people belonging to various dynasties and kingdoms. It contains a description of the famous places in India. It is a valuable resource to the researchers studying the Buddhist religion and ancient history of the land. It also contains the exact date when Buddhism was introduced in China.

Updated on 28th June, 2019


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