Sanchi Stupa is located 46 km north-east of Bhopal was constructed in 3rd century by Mauryan Emperor Ashoka. Among the Stupas built by the Emperor, the Stupas of Sanchi were preeminent in architectural splendor and magnificence. It depicts the architectural prosperity of the country during that period.
Religious Significance of the Stupa
While in India Buddhism prospered for the first time under the patronage of Emperor Ashoka, an authoritative monarch who built Buddhist monuments all across the country to broaden the religious conviction. Ashoka survived from 304 to 232 BC, and it is during this era that the stupa at Sanchi was initially built. It was restructured between 50 BC and 50 AD, and finished about two times bigger than it had been formerly. It's about 120 feet in width, and 54 feet high. Stupas fundamentally symbolize models of the universe.
Symbols Carved on Sanchi Stupa
Tree: Representing enlightenment
Wheel: Wheel symbolizes the third stage of Buddha, teaching stage
Stupa: Death of Buddha
Gateways of Sanchi Stupa
How To Reach Sanchi Stupa ?
Distance from Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) to Sanchi (Madhya Pradesh) is 66 km. You can hire a taxi cab to reach this historical destination. Time taken by road is approx 1 hr.Timings: Sunrise to Sunset
Entrance Fee: Citizens of India and visitors of SAARC (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives and Afghanistan) and BIMSTEC Countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar)- Rs 10
Others: US $ 5
The great stupa is Sanchi's most significant and prominently preserved monument. It exhibits an ascetic greatness and the beautiful carvings of the entryway portray the momentous episodes and wonders from Lord Buddha’s existence and actions depicted in the Buddhist Jataka tales.
Places of Attraction near Sanchi Stupa
Udaigiri -16 km, abode to many world famous Hindu and Jain caves
Satdhara - Newly found Buddhist complex
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