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The Buddhist Stupa: Architecture & Symbolism • Approach Guides
Great Stupa, Sanchi, India ☸ The Buddhist stupa serves as a marker for a sacred space, a symbolic representation of the Buddha’s burial mound. In the most basic sense, a stupa it has 3 fundamental features: a hemispherical mound (anda), a square railing (harmika), a central pillar supporting a triple-umbrella form (chattra). Around these are an enclosure wall with decorated gateways (toranas) at the cardinal directions and a circular terrace (medhi).
Ashok: A Short Biography of Ashoka the Great of India
Ashoka the Great is referred to as Samraat Chakravartin Ashoka – the "Emperor of Emperors Ashoka." His name "aśoka" means "painless, without sorrow" in Sanskrit (the a privativum and śoka "pain, distress"). In his edicts, he is referred to as Devānāmpriya (Pali Devānaṃpiya or "The Beloved of the Gods"), and Priyadarśin (Pali Piyadasī or "He who regards everyone with affection").