The Great Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh, India
Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi are a group of monuments that include the world renown - The Great Stupa (the oldest Buddhist religious monument), monolithic pillars, ruins of temples, monasteries, assembly halls and shrines helping one time travel when Sanchi was revered as a great centre for spiritual learning. Most monuments date back to the 2nd and 1st centuries BC when Sanchi was a major proponent of Buddhism in India until the 12th century AD.
The Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, India are recognized as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. How to reach Sanchi Stupa?
What is a Stupa? A stūpa is a structure containing sacred relics commemorative of Buddha or other saints. The shapes of Stupa’s have evolved over centuries - the Sanchi Stupa is hemispherical with a circular base supporting a massive solid dome (garbha) it has a pradakshina path and four gateways, which are richly decorated with narrative sculptures depicting scenes and panels from Buddha’s life, Ashoka’s life, wars over Buddha’s relics in ancient times and Jataka tales. The relics of the Buddha are not merely considered a commemorative symbol by of Buddha but Buddhists believe it represents the living presence of the Buddha, his protective powers and living energy.