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Sanchi Great Stupas


Great Stupa No.1: The oldest stone structure in India, 36.5 metres in diameter and 16.4 metres high, with a massive hemispherical dome.Begun by Emperor Ashoka, the Stupa was completed by his successors in the 3rd and 2nd centuries B.C. A balustrade encircles the entire structure which has four magnificient torana - style gateways as points of access.

Stupa No.2: This stupa stands at the very edge of the hill and it’s most striking feature is the stone balustrade that rings it.

Stupa No.3: Situated close to the Great Stupa, this structure has been dated between 150 - 140 B.C. The relics of Sariputta and Mahamogallena, two of the Buddha’s earliest disciples were found in the innermost chamber here.

 






 

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