Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Stupa 3, Sanchi

This Stupa of Sanchi was originally constructed sometime in the 2nd century BC. In 1st century AD it was repaired and enlarged.

It is smaller than Stupa 1 and has only one gateway. It contained caskets of two disciples of the Buddha during his lifetime.

The 1st century AD torana (gateway) is exquisitely carved. On the front: the top architrave has floral designs, the middle architrave has a Stupa and two Bodi trees and the lower architrave represents paradise
of Indra.

On the pillars the left side has a design of stupa and on the right is the Wheel of Dharma. Pot-bellied dwarves support the architraves.

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