Chaukhandi Stupa, Varanasi

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Chaukhandi Stupa is an important Buddhist stupa in Sarnath, located 13 kilometres from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. Stupas have evolved from burial mounds and serve as a shrine for a relic of the Buddha.HistoryThe Chaukhandi Stupa is thought originally to have been built as a terraced temple during the Gupta period between the 4th and 6th centuries to mark the site where Lord Buddha and his first disciples met traveling from Bodh Gaya to Sarnath. Later Govardhan, the son of a Raja, modified the stupa to its present shape by building the octagonal tower to commemorate the visit of Humayun, the powerful Mughal ruler.Today the stupa is a high earthen mound covered with a brickwork edifice topped by an octagonal tower. It is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
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  • Lord Buddha had delivered his first sermonChaukhandi Stupa is one of the holiest sites for Buddhist pilgrimage in India. It is located in in Sarnath, about 8 - 10 kilometres north-east in Varanasi nea...  more »
  • The Chaukhandi Stupa is a worthwhile monument to visit when visiting Varanasi (Banaras) in Uttar Pradesh. It is in Sarnath some 13k from Varanasi City. It is believed to mark the place where the Buddh...  more »
  • Chaukhani Stupa is well maintained and entry to this monument is free. This is not so famous among the tourists however, i will recommend to visit this place to know our history. This can be covered a...  more »
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  • Got a beautiful place... everywhere green lushes grasses are present... monument looks too old..and it's brick is too thin...and of all are in red color.. highly maintained everything... recommendation for visiting this place is once must in Life Time...good place for hang outs at anytime...
  • This is a nice and peaceful place in Sarnath. It is related to Buddha Religion. Many beautiful Buddhist temples are near to this place.
  • Stated at Sarnath. Varanasi. A tourist and famous place. Very good site to spend time with your friends and family.
  • Chaukhandi Stupa is a Buddhiststupa in Sarnath 13 kilometres from Varanasi. Chaukhandi Stupa is originally have been built as a terraced temple during the Gupta period between the 4th and 6th centuries to mark the site where Lord Buddha and his first disciples met traveling from Bodh Gaya to Sarnath. Later Govardhan, the son of a Raja, modified the stupa to its present shape by building the octagonal tower. The stupa is a high earthen mound covered with a brickwork edifice topped by an octagonal tower. It is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
  • Great historical place at Sarnath, Varanasi. Now many people don't know about this. People only know about Dhamek Stupa. But Chaukhandi which is called "Sita Rasoia" in local terms is a wonderful place.. With less crowd.

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