Chaukhandi Stupa


Chaukhandi Stupa

Chaukhandi Stupa is one another important Buddhist stupa in Sarnath. Stupas have derived from burial dunes and serve as a shrine for a memento of Lord Buddha.
The Chaukhandi Stupa is believed to have originally constructed as a terraced temple during the Gupta period between the 4th and 6th centuries to mark the place where Lord Buddha and his first disciples met while travelling from Bodh Gaya to Sarnath. Later on, Govardhan, the son of a King, altered the stupa to its current shape by constructing the octagonal tower to memorialize the visit of Humayun, the great and powerful Mughal ruler.
Today the stupa is a high earthen dune packed with a brickwork monument topped by an octagonal tower. In today's date, it is retained by the Archaeological Survey of India. The Chaukhandi stupa stands beautifully in abundant green lawns, draped in the calmness and mystery of history, the Chaukhandi Stupa forms a portal to the Buddhist City of Sarnath.

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