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Sanchi Stupa, India

Sanchi Stupa is located in the provincial state of Bopal in India is a Buddhist monastery built by King Dharmashoka in 3rd century BC. It has a close resemblance to the layout and architecture of Mihintale.

Sanchi is the best preserved Buddhist monasteryand was declared as a world heritage  site by the International Councils of Monuments and sites (ICOMOS) attached to UNESCO.

In November 2006, in commemoration of the 2550th Sambuddha Jayanthi, on the guidance of His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister Hon Dinesh Gunawardena laid a foundation stone for pilgrims’ rest on land belonging to the Mahabodhi Society of Sri Lanka in Sanchi. A three-storey building, comprised of an image house, sermon rooms, 22 bedrooms for pilgrims, open living rooms, bathrooms, a kitchen and sanitary facilities, was built on this site by the National Physical Planning Department, under the Ministry of Urban Development and Sacred Area Development. This ‘Sanchi Vandana Niketana’ was declared open by Hon Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on 31st October 2009.