Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi
Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi Reviews
Buddhist site Feb 13, 2013
The Buddhist monuments at Sanchi are a wonderful collection of stupas, structures and artefacts. Rediscovered in the nineteenth century, the site is considered to be one of the country’s most valuable and has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.
The stupa that draws the most attention is the Great Stupa. Commissioned by Emperor Ashoka the Great in the third century, this stupa is one of the most important Buddhist places in India. The Great Stupa itself is a solid masterpiece, and the intricate carvings at the gate are just stunning to look at. I think that recent archaeological evidence found relics that belonged to two of Buddha’s closest followers here, making it the equivalent of finding it a site that is connected to Saint Peter or Paul for Christians. For this reason, many Buddhist monks are visiting the place.
Apart from the Great Stupa, there are other stupas and structures dotted around the site. It is worth exploring these, but spending a much shorter amount of time in comparison.
As you exit, there is a museum which is included in the ticket price. Worth a quick look, especially if you want to learn more about the rediscovery.
When approaching the main road for the site, be sure to purchase your tickets at the office on the left hand side. They don’t really emphasise the need to do this, and the office seems unrelated to the stupa. Otherwise you will get to the main entrance and be told to go and purchase your ticket a couple of hundred metres back in the other direction!
Overall, this is a very calm and interesting place to visit.
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