The relics of Gautham Buddha at Sanchi Stupa
Sanchi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for the Buddhist Stupa, at Raisen district, in Madhya Pradesh, India.
Buddhist Stupa at Sanchi contains the relics of Gautham Buddha. This stupa was constructed by Great Maurya Dynasty emperor Asoka, in third century B.C. This town was the venue of Emperor Ashoka’s wedding to Queen Devi and is also the birthplace of the queen Devi.
Four carved Toranas (gateways) were added during the 1st century BCE. These four gateways represents the four emotions; love, peace, courage and trust. A balustrade was also constructed at the same tine, encircling the entire structure.
The great stupa of Sanchi is 16 meters in height and measures 37 meters in diameter. This stupa is the oldest structure made of stone bricks in India.
There are remains of Pillar of Ashoka near the stupa.
Stupas or Stupa ruins Near to Gautham Buddha’s Sanchi Stupa
There are many other stupas or stupa ruins, in around around Lord Gautham Buddha stupa.
There are 40 stupas at Satdhara; at around 9 kilometers to the West of Sanchi. Relics of Sariputra and Mahamoggallana, two chief disciples of Gautama Buddha were buried initially here. These two stupas were damaged and the area is now enshrined in the new Vihara (Buddhist temple) there.
30 to 60 stupas existed in this town, at about 11 kilometers southeast of Sanchi town. Many were damaged and relics were believed to be carried to England, by those who searched and found these stupas.
There are a group of three stupas at Adher town, located 19 kilometers south-east of Sanchi town.
There are two stupas or so in this small town, Sonari. Some of the ornate reliquaries found at this stupa was taken to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Saru Maru Stupas and Buddhist Caves
There are many stupas at this small town called Saru Maru. Saru Maru town is at around 120 kilometers south of Sanchi at Sehore District in the nearby Madhya Pradesh state. Many Buddhist caves are also seen here.
Bharhut is a small town in the nearby Satna district of Madhya Pradesh state. Bharhut town is at around 300 kilometers to the northeast of Sanchi town. Some stupa ruins are found here also.
How Do I Go to Stupa of Sanchi?
The great stupa at Sanchi is located at Sanchi Town, which is at a distance of around 46 kilometers north east of Bhopal, in central India. The town is well connected by roads to all parts of India.
Bhopal Junction railway station is the nearest major railway station. Raja Bhoj Airport at Bhopal is the nearest airport.