Lots of Unanswered Questions about the Great Stupa

Posted by Hemant Khatri on

India is a holy place where you will find lots of places and monuments with a hidden meaning. I was honored to visit one of them. It is the Great Stupa at Sanchi and it is one of the most important places of pilgrimage.People believe that the monument was built to obtain and to keep peace in this world. This is one of the very first monuments of Buddhism. Some scientists confirm that the time when the Great Stupa appeared is the 2nd or the 3rd century BC. The Great Stupa is one of the first elementary monuments that is very symbolic. Its circularity is a sign of infinity. The word “stupa” has a common root with the word “tepe” that means a mount. That is why stupas all over India are also used as reliquaries of ash. But only eminent spiritual people were honored to get such a stupa after their deaths. There are three parasols on the top of that construction. They look like a crown but their main meaning is to demonstrate a parallel with the past, the present and the future. Toranas (it is such a type of a gateway) are placed in a way that there is an impression that they surround the Great Stupa. According to one version, each Torana should be associated with peace, love, courage and trust. According to the other one, each of them shows a phase of Buddha’s life in this world. All the numerous reliefs of each torana are like an encyclopedia of life of Indians. There are lots of scenes that describe different moments. They say that two thousands of photos were not enough to take for being able to embrace each character and each episode that are depicted there. FYI: if you decide to see the Great Stupa, you can take a special tour package that will include this place of interest and other great places that you would like to visit. Lots of people have some passion to take photos of the places that they visit. And you will get an opportunity to make lots of pictures here as you can have permission to do this. But it is not for free. You may enjoy your time at Sanchi from 8 am to 5 pm. If you are in a hurry to see as many attractions as you can and if you have time limits, then it will be enough to leave an hour and a half to make a visit to Sanchi. When you come there, you will get a chance to become enlightened (if you are interested in it). Let it happen…