Chaukhandi Stupa – Sarnath

Located 600m south of the main Sarnath Buddhist Complex, Chaukhandi Stupa is a lofty brick built structure curiously crowned with an octagonal tower. The name Chaukhandi comes from the four-armed plan of the stupa, which was declared to be of national importance by the Archaeological Survey of India […]

Guide to Sarnath Buddhist Complex

Historical Context Sarnath is one of the four most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world, the other three being Lumbani (where Buddha was born), Bodhgaya (where Buddha attained enlightenment), and Kusinagar (where Buddha died). Siddhartha Gautama was born to a royal family of the Shakya dynasty sometime […]