Swastika Sanchi

This ground plan of the Great Stupa of Sanchi (India) shows the four gateways (or toranas) which were later added to make the plan look like a swastika.
The outer railing and the gates of the Great Stupa are richly sculptured. The southern gate reveals the birth of Buddha, the northern gate is crowned by the wheel of law, the eastern gate depicts the young Gautam leaving the house to seek enlightenment and the western gate gives the Seven Incarnations of Buddha (four trees and tree stupa).
GLAUCHE, Johannes W. (1995). Der Stupa. Kultbau des Buddhismus. DuMont, Köln.
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Foto by Arjun.

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