Sanchi Stupa Gate

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Illustration

Ibolya Horváth
by Andrea Kirkby
published on 03 September 2020
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The oldest stupa in India, and possibly in the world, construction of the Great Stupa at Sanchi was decreed and overseen by Ashoka the Great (268-232 BCE). It stands 54 feet (17 meters) high and 120 feet (37 meters) wide with a spire (yashti) at the top of the dome (known as the anda) surrounded by a railing (harmika). The stupa is enclosed by a wall with four gates (toranas) corresponding to the cardinal points and four central events in the Buddha’s life (birth, enlightenment, first sermon, death/nirvana).

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Kirkby, A. (2020, September 03). Sanchi Stupa Gate. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/12651/sanchi-stupa-gate/

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