Stupa 2

Stupa 2 - Stupa I 259 BC 100 AD This was one was the...

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Stupa I 259 BC – 100 AD This was one was the largest by far with a 125 ft. diameter and a height of 82 ft and has radial symmetry. It has a large, parabolic hemisphere ( Anda - which is an upside down bowl that relates back to Siddhartha and is his Enlightenement; this also relates to the upside down of Hinduism which stands for the origin of life) as the other stupas do. At the top, the apex is cut off and a 4-sided box ( Harmika ) is placed in its position, along with a perpendicular shaft ( Yatsi ) that rises out from the top and has three discs ( chatras) on it starting at the bottom and decreasing in size. This is also called an umbrella and the three disks represent the 3 aspects of Buddhism: Buddha, dharma (the path and message) and Sangha (gathering of Buddhists) There is also balustrades (stone railings) that guard, encircle, protect, isolate and separate the stupa from the outside and limit the view. Your vision is folded back so you are in the presence of Buddha, and the icons are the venerated images of Buddha
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