Buddhist Monuments -Sanchi

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Year : 2nd to 1st centuries | State : Madhya Pradesh | City : Sanchi

The site is the oldest Buddhist sanctuary in existence, being one of the key Buddhist centers in India until the 12th century A.D. Today a world heritage site, Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi were at first commissioned by Ashoka the Great in the 3rd century BCE.

Sanchi known for its “Stupas” is a miniature village in Raisen District of the Madhya Pradesh, Central India. Having numerous Buddhist monuments from the 3rd century BCE to the 12th century CE make Sanchi a significant place of Buddhist pilgrimage. Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi represent love, peace, trust, and courage. Asoka’s column with its projecting capital of lions is the oldest preserved monument on the site. Sanchi had been hub of cultures and their peripheral arts all through the Maurya kingdom. Although Buddha never visited the site, yet the religious significance of this shrine is evident. Before the spread of Hinduism, site remained a principal centre of Buddhism in medieval India.

After being forgotten for 600 years, General Taylor discovered the site when it was overrun with vegetation. With the hill getting cleared, the ruins of about 50 monuments were uncovered, showcasing one of the most remarkable archaeological complexes of ancient India. The lush carvings, prodigious creations in bars revolve around the former lives of Buddha. Representations of plants, animals and humans, make the site a unique masterpiece of early Buddhist work of art. Many other structures found on the site dating from the 11th-12th centuries, represented by monolithic pillars, palaces, temples and monasteries. 17th and 45th Temples with 51st monastery are among the most remarkable structures.

Map of Buddhist Monuments -Sanchi