Sanchi Stupa No. 2
Sanchi Stupa No. 2
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Profvns
Bengaluru, India546 contributions
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May 2014 • Friends
Sanchi is situated at about 45 km from Bhopal. There are three stupas. These are world famous Buddhist stupas and a sacred pilgrimage center for Buddhists. While you move towards Sanchi by road or train you can make out the main stupa. It is clearly seen from a long distance, which is surrounded by thick green landscape. The stupa is on a hill of about 300’ height. On the mount of the hill we see the luxuriously standing stupa. You should buy a ticket to enter the site. It is from the place where the ticket is checked, your attention is drawn to the main stupa and recently excavated stupas. You may hear the chanting of the hymn "Buddham Sharnam Gachhami Dammam Sharnam Gachhami” in that entire valley down below and echoing from the mountains. This place is otherwise commonly known as the ‘stupa village’. This site after restoration of the structure gained a stimulus in the 20th century wherein the chief stupas were reconstructed. There are Beautiful parks and museums around it. The UNESCO has recognised Sanchi as ‘World Heritage Site’.

The Stupa 2 is seen on the hillside at about 320m downward to the west of the Great Stupa. It was of the 2nd century B.C. It appears as the oldest of the three Stupas. Stupa 2 looks like stupa 3 in shape and size except gateway. This stupa is placed on an artificial podium beneath all the other stupas. There is no gateway as we come across in other stupas except its stone fencing. We are able to notice intricate and exquisite carvings and past time decorations on these circumvent.

We can see two great Buddhist gurus, Kasyapagotra and Suvijayita in damaged condition on the stupa. The images of Kinnara (birds with human head), Makaras (with elephant head and fish tail), yakshi and yaksha (spirits in the form of male and female nature) and Naga (snake) in the carvings that is curious.

You may visit the monuments between Sunrise to Sunset all the days. The Museum is open from 9:00 a m to 5:00 p m every day except Fridays. Entrance fee is Rs.10 per person for Indians and SAARC Nationals. Rs. 250 per person from other countries. Parking charges extra. You may avail locker room for keeping your luggage. There appears to be ATM of SBI at Sanchi.

You can reach Sanchi by Air from Bhopal airport. The nearest Rail way station is also at Bhopal. There are many buses from and to Bhopal from all important cities therein.

Place for your stay and food may not be of much problem. Sanchi is a small town but has number of luxurious resorts and guest houses, If your budget it tight a bit you can find a place to suit your Vitamin “M” capacity. Tourism department is maintaining a guest house and restaurant close by. It is better to stay in Bhopal if you don’t prefer a village atmosphere.

However your trip to Sanchi will be memorable and educative. Good luck.
Written November 27, 2014
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JamesNYC212
New York City, NY209 contributions
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Feb 2013 • Solo
I'm taking an extended trip through Northern India and I want to visit places of historical/cultural/religious significance. I visited Kushinagar (Buddha's para nirvana). I also visited Sarnath (first sermon). I have to say that Ienjoyed Sanchi the most. Even though Buddha never visited Sanchi in his lifetime. The audio tape explaining the stone carvings brought Buddha's life to life for me and illustrated the values of the people who carved the stories. I actually left Sanchi wanting to learn more about Buddha, his life, and philosophy. How cool is that for a two hour visit? The site opens at dawn. The people renting the audio guides don't arrive until 8:30 AM. Try getting there early. By ten a lot of people start showing up including school groups and I think the noise detracts from the experience. When you are there early in the morning on top of that hill you can imagine the peaceful solitude that led Ashoka to choose this mount for a stupa and monastery.
Written February 13, 2013
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traveltoexperience
Ottawa, Canada38 contributions
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Jan 2013 • Family
Only about 90 minutes from Bhopal, this tranquil site of Buddhist monuments dating back to 279 BC is worth a visit. Well organized for parking, available audio guides and adequate restrooms. Give yourself at least one hour. Peaceful location for solitary reflection. Entry fee for us was only 10 rupees. Audio guide was 115 RS.
Written January 3, 2013
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S. Singh
India5,621 contributions
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Dec 2020
Sanchi Stupa No. 2 , situated in the Buddhist complex of Sanchi . It is around 10 min walking distance from Sanchi Stupa No. 1

Ticket - Compound Single Ticket for all Stupa monuments in complex

Must Have - Water Bottle , proper walking shoes , Hat/ Umbrella

Guide - If you will hire guide then you will get more and more information regarding Lord Buddha, King Ashoka. Guide will hire for full Buddhist complex with all Stupa's.

There is only walking way of raw stones an uneven path , which is not recommended for old age visitors, disabled visitors.
No way to go with wheelchair

A 10-15 min walk from main gate to Sanchi Stupa No. 2 in the middle of jungle .

A plane with very few carving of floral dezine on stones of railing and few sculptures .

As a visitor must visit this area for calm and cool jungle area with one side water reservoir.

On this Stupa , there is not so much carving or dezine also no welcome or front gate like Stupa no.1

Stupa no.2 is one of the oldest existing Buddhist stupas in India, and part of the Buddhist complex of Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh. It is of particular interest since it has the earliest known important displays of decorative reliefs in India. It displays what has been called "the oldest extensive stupa decoration in existence". Stupa 2 at Sanchi is therefore considered as the birthplace of Jataka illustrations.

Stupa No. 2 is located in a lower position than Stupa No. 1 because the relics it contained, are those of church dignitaries from the time of Ashoka, who were considered as worthy of a lower position than the Buddha himself in Stupa number 1, or his disciples in Stupa No. 3.
Written April 12, 2021
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Satyendra Garg
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India6,976 contributions
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Mar 2017 • Family
Sanchi Stupa No.2 contains the remains of senior Buddhist Teachers of Ashokan times. It is located more than 300 meters west of the main stupa. The photos mostly are not of Stupa 2. which may mislead those who are not aware of the details. I am posting a few photos of stupa 2.
Among the three stupas in Sanchi this stupa does not have a Gateway or Torana and is simpler stupa. There are engravings on the balustrade which are beautiful.
In the times of Ashoka, Sanchi became important Buddhist centre and it is believed that Ashoka's son and daughter, before they went to Shrilanka, remained here. This stupa contains the remains of senior Buddhist teachers of Ashokan times.
It is believed to be constructed during Shunga times and have seen more than 2000 years. From the main road and Railway Line this stupa is seen prominently. For me, having a chance to look at it closely and admiring the fact that this Stupa has been there for more than 2000 years made me rate it as excellent attraction.
Nearby this stupa is a small water tank. From Stupa 2 you have a wonderful sight of the main Stupa.
Written March 18, 2017
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pskale
Mumbai, India653 contributions
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May 2015 • Solo
Stupa No. 2 has also been built by Emperor Ashoka. This is a good place for people interested in history.
Written October 29, 2015
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RMAggar
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India250 contributions
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Dec 2013 • Family
Sanchi a hill-top in Madhya Pradesh India, is renowned for its ‘Buddhist Monuments’. It has Stupas, Temple, Ashoka Pillar, and remains of monastery etc. The very fact that it is a World Heritage site, speaks volumes of its importance. It is the oldest Buddhist monument in existence in India.
There may be so many stupas, but we saw 3 stupas. Stupa-1 is the largest and the greatest of all the stupas at Sanchi; and we were told that this is the oldest stone structure in India. We were also told that it was constructed, added and/or repaired in 3 phases. It was originally constructed by Ashoka the Great in 3rd century BC over the relics of Budha and crowned by a ‘chhatra’, a symbol of high rank, to honour and shelter the relics. Thereafter, four carved ornamental gateways encircling the structure were added. Symbols of love, peace, trust and courage in the form of “4 Torans” were also added which surround the Stupa. All the 4 Gateways (Torans) attached to Stupa-1 facing the cardinal directions depict stories and contain engraved decorations relating to the life stories of Budha. We were told that Stupa has a large number of inscriptions; and that most of them mention donations, and that while a large fraction of the donors were locals.
Other stupas and buildings which we were told seem to have been commissioned during the rule of the Sungas are the Second and Third stupas. They are not highly decorated gateways, and are from the following ‘Satavahan’ period. The Pathway by the front side of the west gateway goes to Stupa –II. There are 2 stairs, but no gateway. Stupa No. 3 is located very near the stupa No 1. This stupa has a gateway but without railing.
Whether you intend to do some research on Budhism or just intend to visit Sanchi as a tourist, Sanchi (and specially Stupa-1) shall not disappoint you. The site is open from Sunrise to Sunset; the Best time of the day to visit is Dawn; and if you cannot do that any time thereafter before it may be termed “Late”. If you have the time you should spend at least 2 hours with the guide; otherwise any length of time starting from 1 hr is OK. Good quality food is available very near the enterance at the MP Tourism hotel. Although Photography is not only allowed but in fact is a pleasure. Audio guides are available and advisable.
After I came out, I learnt my lessons: to Trust and Love, “Peace to all” ‘live & let live” Shed desires; “grow together as humanity’ and “Do something for the Society”.
Written December 29, 2013
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Dilip S
Vadodara, India1,122 contributions
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Nov 2013 • Couples
This stupa , from the Shunga period , constructed during the end of the 2nd century B C , placed on an artificial podium stands on the hillside about 320 m downward to the west of the Great Stupa .

The diameter of the Anda is about 14 m. It has no Harmika or Chhatra , though it has been cut flat on top , but the excavation found a relic chamber holding four caskets for ashes made of steatite , on which the names of ten senior priests from the period of Ashoka are engraved .
Around the Stupa , Vedicas encircle the Pradakshina-patha , but there are no Toranas at the cardinal entrances . The most intriguing item in Stupa 2 is the collection of exuberant reliefs , such as medallions , carved on Vedica posts . The embellishing motifs are lotus flowers and other vegetation , as well as various animals.

The stupa consists of a plain hemispherical dome with no gateways and external decorations . The processional pathway is accessed through four L-shaped entrances . The balustrades are elaborately carved with floral designs , real and mythical animals , human figures and semi-divine beings . There is a post which is carved with medallions containing a lotus , a 'naga' , and a composite animal . Another detail shows a medallion carved with a female figure riding on a centaur . The importance of this stupa lies in the fact that it contained relics of several Buddhist teachers contained in caskets buried in the solid mass of the stupa .

Placed at the periphery of the hill, Stupa 2 is characterized by the striking stone railings that surrounds it . Except its stone fencing this stupa do not have gateways like the other ones. But one can see intricate and exquisite carvings and other decorations on these hedges .

Some of the carvings depict figures with fish tail (makaras) and elephant heads, birds with human heads (kinnara), yaksha and yakshi (male and female nature spirits) and figures of snakes (naga). This structure is the home to the vestiges of Kasyapagotra and Suvijayita, the two great Buddhist gurus .
Written December 19, 2013
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super333sonic
Bhopal, India4 contributions
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Jan 2013 • Family
I have been to this place many times and this is a great place to see buddhist temples .The temples are very old , the place is very clean and well-maintained .This place gives feeling of being in an old era .I simply love it .All age groups should visit it.
Written August 11, 2013
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sandy2556
mumbai15 contributions
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Feb 2013 • Friends
This is a tranqil Buddhist monument. Well maintained. Atop a hill, away from the crowd. One can spend 2 hours at this historic site and go back in history. A well worth experience.
Written March 15, 2013
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