sanchiaugust 97 peter r bullen

detail of panel last photo... next photo... While the Great Stupa was so brilliantly carved, most of the others were much plainer, and (as you might expect) much smaller than the Great Stupa. Downhill, there were massive water tanks carved out of the bedrock, which were now largely empty and unused, as no one lives there anymore.

This carving is, I believe, of a scene from either the Buddha's life or from the life of Emperor Ashok, who started the complex in the 3rd century BC. He's the same Ashok who put up the "Ashok's Pillar" and other carvings in various places with his edicts.

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