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About Chaukhandi Stupa

One of the important Buddhist stupas in Sarnath, Chaukhandi Stupa, was initially built in the 4th and 6th centuries as a terraced temple during the Gupta period. It was a site that marks the ground where Lord Buddha and his first disciples met while traveling from Bodh Gaya. Son of a ruler, Govardhana, later modified the stupa as it appears today by giving it a shape of an octagonal tower commemorating the visit of the Mughal ruler Humayun. About thirteen kilometers from Varanasi, the stupas in Sarnath are thought to have evolved from burial mounds and now serve as a shrine. Currently, the stupa is a high earthen mound which is covered with a brickwork structure with an octagonal tower on top. The stupa is a site of national importance and is maintained by It is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. Close to the stupa, one can also see ruins of monasteries with some courtyards and verandas still recognizable. Built thousands of years ago, this site is visited by Buddhists from all around the world.

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