The Sanchi Stupa is located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the most ancient and famous Buddhist monuments in India.
The Stupa has several chambers, which contains the relics of Buddha.
The Sanchi Stupa was constructed in the honour of Lord Buddha by Emperor Ashoka in 3rd century BC.
The height of the Great Stupa is around 54 feet.
The Great Stupa at Sanchi is crowned by a chhatra, a parasol-like structure, intended to honour and protect the precious relics inside.
The dome of the Stupa is a symbol of Dharma, the Wheel of Law.
Most of the Buddha statues at the Sanchi Stupa were said to be painted with a legendary Mauryan polish that made them shine like glass in the erstwhile days.
The Stupa actually symbolises the life of Buddha and his final release from the cycle of birth and rebirth (Moksha).
The last addition to the Stupa was done during the rule of the Guptas, prior to 450 AD.
The Stupa is surrounded by four gateways that represent various scenes from the life of Lord Buddha and the Jataka tales.
The national emblem of India was derived from the Ashoka Pillar of Sanchi Stupa.
Sanchi Stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. http://www.touristindia.net...