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Sanchi
Holy City & Destination Point Sanchi
 

 

The town of Sanchi is synonymous with Buddhist Stupas - hemispherical structures typically containing relics of the Buddha or his followers. The Stupas of Sanchi were constructed on the orders of Emperor Ashoka to preserve and spread the Buddhist philosophy. Sanchi has been protecting these beautiful and sacred architectural wonders, just the way these wonders have been safeguarding ancient history and art of the Mauryan period.

The numerous stupas, temples, monasteries and an Ashokan pillar have been the focus of interest and awe for global audiences as well. In fact, UNESCO has given the status of 'World Heritage Site' to the Mahastupa.

A visit to Sanchi will bring alive the awe you felt as a child as you listened to the tales of Ashoka.

 
Places of Tourist Attraction
As discussed earlier Sanchi is known primarily for its religious importance. The various places of tourist attraction are as follows:
 

1. Sanchi Stupa

The town of Sanchi is synonymous with Buddhist Stupas - hemispherical structures typically containing relics of the Buddha or his followers. The Stupas of Sanchi were constructed on the orders of Emperor Ashoka to preserve and spread the Buddhist philosophy. Sanchi has been protecting these beautiful and sacred architectural wonders, just the way these wonders have been safeguarding ancient history and art of the Mauryan period.

 

2. Udayagiri Caves


Udayagiri ("Risen Mountain") is an archaeological-historical site 10 miles north of Sanchi (another famous historical site), and few miles from Vidisha--now a small town, but 1500 years ago a royal capital.  Udayagiri is famous for a series of rock-cut caves and temples dating back to the Gupta Period (350-550 CE), a formative era for Hindu religious ideas.  Such visible projects may have reflected the Guptas' personal piety, but were also clear political statements to display their ruling power.

 

3. Bija Mahal

Popularly known as Vijayamandira Temple, the Bija Mandal was constructed in the 11th century, but was subsequently destroyed in the year 1682.You can see one of the pillars that bears an inscription suggesting that the original temple was dedicated to Goddess Charchika. The same inscription also bears the name of King Naravarman and Goddess Vijaya, after whom the temple is believed to be named. Interestingly, there is also a 7th century step-well along with two tall pillars depicting Krishna scenes inside the premises of this temple.

 

4. Gupta Temples
  Although considered to be the emblem of Buddhist presence in India, Sanchi is also surrounded with temples that offer you a journey through other religions as well. Built in 5 Century AD, The Gupta Temple in Sanchi is a magnificent structure that heralds the beginning of Temple Architecture in India. As the name suggests, this temple belongs to the Gupta dynasty which is also called as the “Golden age of India”. Most of the temples built in the Gupta era were carved with representation of Gods (mainly avatara of Vishnu and Lingams) and Goddesses. Adorning the intermediate layer of the three layers of Sanchi hill, this temple is a must visit during your visit to Sanchi town.


 

 


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