Can a mound of dirt represent the Buddha,the path of enlightenment, a mountain and the universe all at the same time?
Oh well, it can if it’s a stupa.
The Stupa is an important form of Buddhist architecture, though it predates Buddhism. It is considered to be a sepulchral monument- a place of burial or a receptacle for religious objects. At its simplest a stupa is a dirt burial mound faced with stone.
In Buddhism, the earliest stupas contained portions of the Buddha’s ashes, and as a result, the stupa began to be associated with the body of the Buddha.
The ashes of the Buddha were buried in stupas built at locations associated with important events in the Buddha’s life including Lumbini (where he was born) Bodhgaya (where he achieved enlightenment)and many more.
Stupas at sanchi were a lifetime experience. This place has this power to calm and rejuvenate you.
I visited this place in the evening hours and sunset from this beautiful divine place was breathtaking.
A must visit site if you are a heritage lover.
India is filled with such beautiful heritage cultural sites.
Buddhism has a long history in India which took people to the path of righteousness and made them believe in four noble truths- 1. Life is suffering (suffering = rebirth)
2. The cause of suffering is desire
3. The cause of desire must be overcome
4. When desire overcomes, there shall be no more suffering.
The complete knowledge of Dharma.
In the end it’s all about what you feel and desire for. :)