The Ashokan Stupas

The Ashokan Stupas, Patan (Lalitpur)

The Ashokan Stupas
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Patan is home to four Buddhist stupas built by Emperor Ashoka. In his eighth year of rule Emperor Ashoka saw firsthand the bloody carnage caused by a war he sanctioned; humbled, he turned to Buddhism and ordered over 80,000 shrines and temples constructed in his empire.
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Kelvin Y
52 contributions
Well worth the time and effort to visit.
Sep 2019
Well worth the time and effort to visit. Very, very large stupa with lots of believers circling the stupa. When flying out of Nepal to Bhutan, request seats on the LEFT side window - you can view the stupa from the air within a couple of minutes from take-off. The stupa really looks like a Thanka painting from the air.
Written October 24, 2019
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nik_0107
New Delhi, India620 contributions
Great Architecture
Sep 2016 • Couples
Seems like a miniature version of Boudhanath. It is surrounded by local residences and have a gated entrance.
Written June 3, 2017
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Paul K
California385 contributions
A lovely stupa built in the style of Boudhanath.
Jan 2017 • Solo
I got lost one day walking from my hotel and wound up at a lovely stupa built in the style of Boudhanath. It was in a gated park surrounded by apartment buildings and the only other people there were small boys intent on prying donations out of the donation box. I circumambulated it several times and took many photos.

I gather this is the northern Ashoka Stupa but I have no idea how I got there or how I got back to Patan Durbar Square. It doesn't show in Google maps so I can't identify it for certain. After leaving I met a few wonderful people who pointed out to me that I needed to backtrack - all the way to Durbar.
Written March 8, 2017
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Mayur S
Mumbai, India917 contributions
Unique Buddhist architecture
Nov 2016 • Couples
The 4 Ashoka Stupas are a remarkable feature of Buddhist architecture in Patan.
Lagan Thura Stupa to the south is the largest. Recently a miniature cenotaph was added.
Teta Thura Stupa to the east has fire Vedica with one Tathagata in each direction. The dome is paved with firebrick. There are three stone inscriptions which are severely damaged.
Pucho Thura Stupa to the west has firebrick Vedika with one Tathagata in each direction. The dome is also paved with firebrick. The thirteen Cakravalis [rings] are constructed directly over the dome in a square shaped pyramid. An inscription reveals that the Tathagatas were in place in the 14th cent.
Ibahi Thura Stupa to the north is nearly circular. It has 5 Buddha in the Vedika with their consorts except the Tathagata Vairocana. A square Harmika is constructed over the dome with 13 steps Cakravali and a parasol.
Written November 25, 2016
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Honisoiquimalypense
Derby, UK1,355 contributions
The Western Stupa is quite interesting.
Nov 2016 • Solo
Started my tour of Patan at the Western Stupa. It is relatively small but the dome is completely grassed over so that it looks like a small hill! Only the top of the stupa can be seen. This is one of 4 stupas (called the Ashokan Stupas) which mark the 4 cardinal points of Patan (which is the oldest city in the Kathmandu Valley). As you walk in to the city towards Durbar Square - you pass the pay point for the city (Rp 1500/person/day - but you can get an extension to cover more than 1 day).
Written November 21, 2016
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bob p
Virginia Beach, VA7 contributions
Architecture masterpiece.
Apr 2015 • Couples
Great design and architecture of the 1800s .
loved the decor and the ambiance .Definitely will visit again.
Written April 8, 2015
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gangolli
Mysuru (Mysore), India268 contributions
Visit if you are interested in Ashokan edicts
Mar 2015 • Couples
The four Ashoka Stupas are said to have marked the four corners of Patan (Lalitpur).
The Lagan Thura (South), the Teta Thura (East), Pucho Thura (West) and the Ibahi Thura (North).
The North Stupa is closest to Patan Durbar Square and is a ten minute walk. We had to ask the locals for directions but found it easily. It copies the Boudhnath / Swayambhu Stupas (in form if not in size).
But there is some scepticism that these were constructed during the reign of Emperor Ashoka. They were more likey constructed around the 4 th century CE.
Written March 18, 2015
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KathrynSMarch
Ithaca, NY49 contributions
Buddhist history
Feb 2015 • Friends
These stupas are often tucked into the urban chaos and in various stages of disarray but for a traveler who wants to get a sense of the Buddhist history of the Kathmandu Valley, they deserve more attention than they usually get.
Written February 16, 2015
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Annie Gan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia384 contributions
4 ancient stupas
Oct 2014 • Friends
Built on 4 corners of Patan. These stupa are the evidence to the city's ancient religious importance
Written December 17, 2014
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kib39042
Taipei, Taiwan7 contributions
Meaningfully
Aug 2014 • Friends
The building shows that Lalitpur was a city in Buddhism. There should be 5 set over there. Yet very few travel guider who can indicate them.
Written September 4, 2014
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