Sanchi Great Stupa Garden


Sanchi, famous for its Great Stupa, is located in Raisen District of the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is 46 km north-east of Bhopal, capital of Madhya Pradesh.

One of the oldest stone structures in India, the Great Stupa at Sanchi is an important Buddhist monument. Built by Emperor Ashoka to honour Lord Buddha, the stupa stands proud as an icon of Sanchi, though there are other architectural marvels in the vicinity. UNESCO has listed it among the world heritage sites.

A hemispherical brick structure, the Stupa is surrounded by four gateways called Toranas, each representing love, trust, courage and peace. The Great Stupa is built over the relics of the Buddha and thus to honour these relics, the Stupa was crowned with chatra. It is around 37 meters in diameter and over 16 meters high.

The Stupa is enclosed in beautiful gardens. These gardens provide a serene green tinge to the entire complex.

The grounds surrounding the great stupa houses smaller stupas, vast gardens and beyond the gardens are the hammam areas. Even after all these centuries, when you look down at the hamman area, one can imagine hustle-bustle of life there. The gardens are neat and very well-maintained.



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