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(Raisen, Madhya Pradesh)
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"Buddhist Monument of Captivating Brilliance"

One of the most significant monuments in Buddhism, this stupa radiates the aura of Buddhist art and architecture. Built around the Mauryan dynasty, it is the oldest stone structure in India. It consists of a central chamber that houses the relics of Lord Buddha. The artwork on the exterior is intricate and mesmerizing. The stupa is a famous tourist destination and fascinates thousands of visitors with its "meditative" ambience. It is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the best conserved ancient Stupas in India.

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Sanchi, the Buddhist complex, famous for its Great Stupa, is located on a hilltop at Sanchi Town in Raisen District of the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is 46 km north-east of Bhopal, capital of Madhya Pradesh.

The Great Stupa at Sanchi is the oldest stone structure in India and was originally commissioned by the emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BCE. Its nucleus was a simple hemispherical brick structure built over the relics of the Buddha. It was crowned by the chatra, a parasol-like structure symbolising high rank, which was intended to honour and shelter the relics. The original construction work of this stupa was overseen by Ashoka, whose wife Devi was the daughter of a merchant of nearby Vidisha. Sanchi was also her birthplace as well as the venue of her and Ashoka's wedding. In the 1st century BCE, four elaborately carved toranas and a balustrade encircling the entire structure were added. The sanchi stupa built during Mauryan period was made of bricks. The complex flourished until the 11th century.

Sanchi is the center of a region with a number of stupas including Satdhara , Morel Khurd , Mawas, Sonari etc all within a few miles of Sanchi.


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