Thursday, August 4, 2011

Stupas of Sanchi

Sanchi is a small village located 46 km north east of Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh state. This is a important Buddhist pilgrimage area. Here several Buddhist monuments dating from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century BC can be seen.

This place is not directly connected with events in the life of the Buddha. But, it became a pilgrimage site when Emperor Ashoka erected a Stupa sometime the 3d century BC. The way Stupas are built has lot of significance. They are built on a hill, where their beneficial influence can radiate to all four points of the compass. The dome of Stupa represents the universe.

Here is the meditating Budha outside the "Great Stupa". We shall explore it in more detail very soon. Sanchi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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54 comments:

Krishna said...

interesting and informative post...

Lisa Petrarca said...

Thank you for taking me on a wonderful "Picture Trip" to Sanchi!

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ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ/ Ashwini said...

An informative post.. I had not heard of this place. Thanks for sharing this piece ..

aativas said...

Reminded me of my dream to visit Sanchi once :-)

joo said...

They are so fascinating, and the second shot is so lovely!

Chintan said...

Wow! Looks like we were way ahead of times in the past....

Jeevan said...

That's wonderful stupas!

Sridharan said...

Interesting info about the Stupa and nice snaps!

Sridharan said...

Interesting info about the Stupa and nice snaps!

जाट देवता (संदीप पवाँर) said...

राजेश भाई
थोडी सी जानकारी और बढा दे करो, पोस्ट में जान आ जायेगी, फ़ोटो तो लाजवाब होते ही है।
detail का इन्तजार है।

nishaslifestyle.blogspot.com said...

ve heard abt it but ths s the first time seeing the pics...good sculpture...awaiting for the details too...

kavita said...

Read about it in school days .Thanks for sharing the pictures.

DeeBee L. said...

I can see why it is a Unesco world heritage site, it's stunning!

Spiderdama said...

Great details as always. And these little cuties on last picture:-)

clairz said...

Love the photo with the boys!

Pearl Maple said...

Great photos showing the variety of styles of structures. Thanks for sharing with Sky Watch Friday.

Liz said...

Beautiful shots as usual. Happy sky watching.

Liz @ A Simple Life

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous blue skies and they make the perfect backdrop for the magnificent buildings/temples that you've captured! Terrific post for the day, Rajesh! Have a lovely weekend!

Sylvia

Judy said...

The buildings and towers are so interesting against the cloudless sky!

Steffi said...

Just beautiful!It´s always very interesting to read about your country!Thank you!
Have a nice weekend!

Sivinden said...

Interesting about stupas.

Nayana said...

Oww..you got to visit great place..never been there...great shots..
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Eaglesbrother said...

Wonderful places as usual..you sure do have Blue skies there.

ewok1993 said...

the kids are learning so much history and culture through travel, which is the best way to learn, I think.

Carver said...

What a great place to visit. I love the art and architecture. My favorite though is the children in front of the Buddha.

anoegrachz said...

that' great. . wonderfull

magiceye said...

wonders indeed!

Ebie said...

Nice collage of the ancient historical architecture!

George said...

The stupas sound very interesting. It's interesting that the area has come to be associated with Buddha.

eden said...

Such a beautiful place to visit. Great shots.

Pietro said...

An amazing place indeed. The second picture is so sweet and uplifting.

alicesg said...

Wow very interesting see the Buddhist wonders. Never see stupas in such designs. Thanks for sharing.

Ann said...

who are the 2 handsome boys?

eileeninmd said...

It is wonderful for you to visit all the wonders. The stupas are very interesting, thnaks for sharing.

Arti said...

Wonderful historical monument! very intricate architectural work..

Babli said...

Beautiful pictures of the Stupas. I liked the picture of your sons, looks very cute.
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Rizalenio said...

Beautiful. Cute little boys. Happy weekend, my friend.

Arija said...

Very, very beautiful!

Genie said...

Stupas are wonderful pieces of architectural art. I love looking at them. This post is a beautiful one and as always so interesting. genie

Deguide said...

I am yet to visit Sanchi even though i have been to Bhopal many a times, good to see your new look of blogspot

LauraX said...

Beautiful ♥

Tanya said...

very interesting and great photos!!

Karen said...

Beautiful blue skies, and interesting buildings and facts as usual!

ladyfi said...

So very lovely!

Kim, USA said...

Beautiful collage!! And yes a definite blue eyes!

Sunset reflection

Trotter said...

Hi Rajesh! It seems that everybody is on holidays... Here it’s true, but someone has to stay... ;)

Fabulous!!

Blogtrotter Two is preparing to leave St. Florent. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Another very interesting and nice post from you :)
Nice shots, too.

Regards!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

The two little boys in front of Buddha are adorable!


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Kay L. Davies said...

Very interesting, Rajesh and I like the photo of the boys!
— K

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chubskulit said...

Love the smile on children's faces.


My Shadows, have a good weekend!

Melusine said...

Interesting reading and great photos :)

Snap said...

Wonderful. I love seeing Ashoka's stupas.

Maria @ LSS said...

Wonderful shots. Happy RT.

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Rajesh said...

Thank you all appreciating the architecture of Stups. The two little ones in the second shot are my kids.