Structure of Adurru Buddhist Stupa
Adurru Buddhist Stupa is built in the shape of a giant wheel with a raised platform having a diameter of 17 feet. The stupa is surrounded by vedika (partitioning) structures and ayaka (altars or offering platforms) that mark the cardinal directions. The site includes some smaller stupas as well, which are constructed in the same wheel-shaped design.
Construction of Adurru Buddhist Stupa
Historians believe that the Adurru Buddhist Stupa was constructed during the reign of the Indian emperor Ashoka, whose empire covered much of the Indian subcontinent. Ashoka played a prime role in spreading Buddhism throughout South and Central Asia, and he is also credited with the constructions of monasteries, stupas, and other Buddhist monuments across the region. One of the foundation stones at the site is believed to have been laid by the renowned Buddhist nun Sanghamitra, the daughter of Ashoka, who was en route to Sri Lanka to spread the teachings of the Buddha.
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