Dharmarajika Stupa, Sarnath


Anindita Basu
published on 21 August 2016
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Remains of the Dharmarajika Stupa. It was built over the relics of the Buddha by Ashoka in the 3rd century BCE. It used to be a small circular structure, about 13.5 meters in diameter. It was pulled down during the 18th century CE on orders of a minister of the local king, and the materials used as building materials. During the destruction, a stone box with a green marble casket, thought to contain the relics, was found. The casket was thrown into the river Ganges; the box is presently at the Indian Museum, Kolkata. Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, India, 3rd century BCE.

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Anindita Basu
Anindita is a technical writer and editor. Her off-work interests include Indology, data visualisation, and etymology.

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