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Chaukhandi Stupa

Chaukhandi Stupa Sarnath

It is a altered version Buddhist stupa, located in Sarnath. It is located on Rishpattan road in Sarnath, about 10 kms distance from Varanasi city and can be seen prominently during Sarnath sightseeing. It is the first monument, encountered while entering Sarnath. It is constructed to mark the place where Lord Buddha met his first five disciples, after attaining enlightenment. Earlier it was a terraced temple but later modified by local rulers which is not visible as Octagonal tower. It is easily visible from distant place and can easily be identified due to its unique look. It is open for visitors from sunrise to sunset on all the days of a week.

Chaukhandi Stupa
It is located on the way archaeological park of Sarnath where all important stupas and historical monumental ruins are present. It is core tourist attraction of Sarnath, located about 10 kms from Varanasi city. Chaukhandi Stupa is constructed in 5 A.D. in memory of the place where Lord Buddha met his first five disciples, after attaining enlightenment. These five disciples are: Kondanna, Bhaddiya, Vappa, Mahanama and Assaji. They left Buddha earlier when he is not enlightened. Earlier it is suppose to be built as terraced temple but later in 16th century, Raja's son Govardhan made him built in its present look. Top octagonal tower is part of Islamic architecture, added in 16th century (year 1588) to commemorate the visit of Mughal Emperor Humayun's visit. Its base is square in shape and now surrounded by lush green garden. It was excavated by Alexender Cunningham (1934-36) and Daya Ram Sahni (1927-32). At present Chaukhandi Stupa is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India.

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