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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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  • It is a place where you can feel a lot of inner peace. The only thing I do not like is that at the end of the path we have to return because there is no step despite being a circular walk. 
  • Stupa surrounded by a garden, the tour takes a few minutes but his story can only hit. Nice walk in the beautiful gardens around
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  • This is the place where the first disciple of Buddha came and greet Buddha,who was coming from Gaya to give the first speech to five disciples who left him.This was the first speech that Buddha gave. ...  more »
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  • The very first stupa one encounters while visiting Sarnath. This is built at the same spot where lord Buddha met his five friends.
  • This is the chaukhandi stup which is known as sita ka rasoiya.
  • it is a beautiful place to every tourist and devourer who want to worship of god(BUDHA).
  • good place to visit. A little more care can be taken in regards to the cleanliness
  • After the Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya he came to Sarnath. Here in the Deer Park, he delivered his first sermon, or in religious language, set in motion the wheel of Law (maha- Dharmachakra Pravartan). The Emperor Ashoka, who spread the Buddha’s message of love and compassion throughout his vast empire, visited Sarnath around 234BC,and erected a stupa here. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, and today it presents the most expansive ruins among places on the Buddhist trail. Sarnath is 10 km from Varanasi, and is an exceedingly tranquil place. The ruins, the museum and temple are all within walking distance. Free WiFi is also available here.