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Sanchi is established in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. It lies at a distance of approximately 52 km from the capital city of Bhopal and 10 km from Vidisha. The general attractions of Sanchi attach a number of Buddhist stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars. All these structures day back to somewhere between 3rd century BC and 12th century AD. The Mauryan king Ashoka founded all the stupas at Sanchi in the honor of Lord Buddha. They have the difference of being included by United Nations education in its list of World Heritage Sites.

It was Emperor Asoka who place the foundations of a virtuous centre at Sanchi fascinated perhaps by the location of the hill or because of his Queen Devi, who was the daughter of a merchant of Vidisha. He established the Great Stupa here after redistribution of mortal remains of Lord Buddha for erecting several stupas all over the country in order to spread Buddhism.

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This stupa was originally a low construction of brick, half the diameter of the present edificehemispherical in shape with raised terraces at the base.

The Great Stupa of Sanchi demonstration an austere prosperity and the exquisite carvings of the doorway depict in detail the significant episodes and miracles from Lord Buddha’s life and events depicted in the Buddhist Jataka stories.

Other Attractions:-

The Stupas: Sanchi is a home to great many stupas. Built on the top of a hill, these stupas contains relics, mostly of the Buddha's pupil.

The Four GateWays: The four gateways, constructed in 35 BCE, are think as the bonzer Buddhist expression in the world. These gateways are included with wonderful architectural carvings and depicture the story related to the Buddha's life.

The Ashoka Pillar: The Ashoka pillar, which contains four lions like that of Sarnath is found in Sanchi as well. A wonderful example of the Greco-Buddhist style, the pillar is also known for its excellent, construction and perfect structural balance.

The Sanchi Museum: The Sanchi museum, which is run under the inspection of the Archaeological Survey of India, houses the Ashoka pole along with other items found from area of Sanchi such as household utensils and other items used by the monks at Sanchi.

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