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Sanchi Hotels and Travel Guide

Sanchi is known for its Stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating from the 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D. The most famous of these monuments, the Sanchi Stupa 1, was originally built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, the then governor of Ujjayini, whose wife Devi was the daughter of a merchant from adjacent Vidisha. Their son Mahindra and daughter Sanghamitra were born in Ujjayini and sent to Sri Lanka, where they converted the King, the Queen and their people to Buddhism.

A Chunar sandstone pillar fragment, shining with the proverbial Mauryan polish, lies near Stupa I and carries the famous edict of Ashoka warning against schism in the Buddhist community. Stupa 1 was found empty, while relics of the two disciples of Buddha enshrined in the adjacent Stupa 3 were carried away to England. The nearby modern temple has a reliquary containing the remains of a Buddhist teacher from another Stupa outside Sanchi.

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Summer (Mar. to Jun.): Warm, Monsoon (Jul to Aug.) :Warm, Winter (Nov. to Feb.) : Cool and pleasant

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The massive stupa at Sanchi with its intricately carved toranas (gateway) is noted to be the most complete example of the early Buddhist stupa in its extant form. The gateway are a masterpiece of both architecture and sculpture. Pali literary sources speak of Emperor Ashoka's dedication to the original stupa, and his erecting a pillar with a lion capital here. Sanchi was once situated on the major north-south trade route, the famous Dakshinapatha , and this was one of the reasons why kings and merchants continued to patronise it till well into the 6th century AD.

Sanchi ke Satupas
Sanchi ke Satupas

Attractions and Places to Visit in Sanchi

Great Stupa No. 1 The oldest stone structure in India. 36.5 mt in diameter and 16.4 MT high, with a massive hemispherical dome, the stupa stands in eternal majesty, the paved procession path around it worn smooth by centuries of pilgrims.

The Eastern Gateway Depicts the young prince, Gautama leaving his father's palace on his journey towards enlightenment and the dream his mother had before his birth. The Western Gateway Depicts the seven incarnations of the Buddha. The Northern Gateway Crowned by a wheel-of-law, this depicts the miracles associated with the Buddha as told in the jatakas.  The Southern Gateway The birth of Gautama is revealed in a series of dramatically rich carvings.

Stupa No. 2 The stupa stands at the very edge of the hill and its most striking feature is the stone balustrade that rings it.

Stupa No. 3
Situated close to the great stupa. The hemispherical dome is crowned, as a mark of its special religious significance, with an umbrella of polished stone. The relics of Sariputta and Mahamogallena , two of the Buddha's earliest disciples, were found in its inmost chamber

The Ashoka Pillar Lies close to the Southern gateway of the Great Stupa, and is one of the finest examples of the Ashokan pillar and is known for its aesthetic proportions and exquisite structural balance.

The Great Bowl Carved out of one block of stone, this mammoth bowl contained the food that was distributed among the monks of Sanchi.

The Gupta Temple In ruins now, this 5th century AD temple is one of the earliest known examples of temple architecture in India.

The Buddhist Vihara The sacred relics of the Satdhara Stupa, a few km away from Sanchi, have been enshrined in a glass casket on a platform in the inner sanctum of his modern monastery.

The Museum The Archaeological Survey of India maintains a site museum at Sanchi. Note worthy antiquities on display include the lion capital of the Ashokan pillar and metal objects used by the monks, discovered during excavations at Sanchi

How to Reach Sanchi

Air : Nearest airport is at Bhopal ( 46 km via Diwanganj and 78 km via Raisen) which is connected with Delhi, Mumbai,Gwalior and Indore.

Rail : Sanchi lies on the Jhansi-Itarsi section of the Central railways. However, the most convenient railhead is Vidisha.(10 km)

Road :
Good, motorable roads connect Sanchi with Bhopal, Indore Sagar, Gwalior, Vidisha and Raisen, besides other places.


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