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The Great Stupa at Sanchi

Author: Aleisha Olson
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This lesson discusses the architectural features and the function of the Great Stupa at Sanchi.

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Terms to Know


A sacred spot in memory of Buddha or a saint designated by a mound of earth or other materials.

Torana (gate)

In Hindu and Buddhist architecture, a type of gateway.


The act of circling around a sacred object or deity object.


A concentric diagram with spiritual and ritual importance in Buddhism and Hinduism.


A small platform with a railing located at the top of a stupa.


Symbolizes the universe, a circular disk positioned on top of the dome of the stupa.



Image of Great Stupa at Sanchi, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sanchi_Stupa_from_Eastern_gate,_Madhya_Pradesh.jpg; Image of Northern Gate of Great Stupa, Sanchi, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Northern_Gate,_Sanchi_Stupa_built_in_3rd_century_BC.jpg