Sanchi going students can have their industrial visit at Raisen (Mandideep), Mandideep is 20 km from Bhopal and is basically an Industrial township, Mandideep houses more than 400 industrial units belonging to reputed companies including United PolyPropolin Ltd, Eastern Electrochemical, Insulators & Electrical Co, Godrej Foods Ltd., Ralson Industries Ltd., Sourabh Metli Pvt Ltd, Venkatesh beverages Ltd, Reliable Food Industries Pvt Ltd., Lupin Lab Ltd., Elcaps Capacitors Ltd., Albert David Ltd, Lupin Lab Ltd (Biotech), Anand Spinning Mills, Nagar Spining Mills Ltd, Crompton Greaves Ltd, Surya Oils, Unichem Fertilisers , TAFE Tractors etc. Hindustan Electo Graphite is one of the Major industrial attractions,owning the largest graphite electrode plant in the world and is the largest industrial company in the entire state.
Sanchi’s stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century AD have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The most famous of these monuments, Stupa 1, known as the Great Stupa, was originally built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, the then governor of Ujjayini, whose wife Devi was the daughter of a merchant from the adjacent town of Vidisha. Their son Mahindra and daughter Sanghamitra were born in Ujjayini and sent to Sri Lanka, where they converted to king, the queen and their people to Buddhism.
The Sanchi hill goes up in shelves with Stupa 2 situated on a lower shelf, Stupa 1, Stupa 3, the 5th century Gupta Temple No.17 and the 7th century temple No. 18 are on the intermediate shelf and a later monastery is on the crowning shelf. The balustrade surrounding Stupa 2, carved with aniconic representations of the Buddha, was added in the late 2nd century BC under the Satavahanas.
The adjacent Gupta temple no.17 was hailed by Sir John Marshall as one of the most rationally organized structures in Indian architecture. Though small, it was a herald of all the principles which went into the engineering of an Indian temple in the early medieval period. The Buddhas in the perambulatory surrounding Stupa 1 are not contemporary with the Stupa but belong to the Gupta period in the mid-5th century AD. The monastery and the temple with the tall pillars adjacent to Stupa 1 and the temple near the monastery on the crowning shelf illustrate the evolution of the architectural form after the 5th century Gupta temple.
Sights to See
Great Stupa No. 1:
The oldest stone structure in India. 36.5 mt in diameter and 16.4 mt high, with a massive hemispherical dome, the stupa stands in eternal majesty, the paved procession path around it worn smooth by centuries of pilgrims.
The Eastern Gateway:
Depicts the young prince, Gautama leaving his father’s palace on his journey towards enlightenment and the dream his mother had before his birth.
The Western Gateway:
Depicts the seven incarnations of the Buddha.
The Northern Gateway:
Crowned by a wheel-of-law, this depicts the miracles associated with the Buddha as told in the jatakas.
The Buddhist Vihara:
The sacred relics of the Satdhara Stupa, a few km away from Sanchi, have been enshrined in a glass casket on a platform in the inner sanctum of his modern monastery.
The Southern Gateway:
The birth of Gautama is revealed in a series of dramatically rich carvings.
Stupa No. 3:
Situated close to the great stupa. The hemispherical dome is crowned, as a mark of its special religious significance, with an umbrella of polished stone. The relics of Sariputta and Mahamogallena, two of the Buddha’s earliest disciples, were found in its inmost chamber.
The Ashoka Pillar:
Lies close to the Southern gateway of the Great Stupa, and is one of the finest examples of the Ashokan pillar and is known for its aesthetic proportions and exquisite structural balance.
- Surya Oils
- Anand Spinning Mills
- Venkatesh beverages Ltd
- Hindustan Electo Graphite
And many More Industries for more information see state wise list of Industries
The Archaeological Survey of India maintains a site museum at Sanchi. Noteworthy antiquities on display include the lion capital of the Ashokan pillar and metal objects used by the monks, discovered during excavations at Sanchi.
Sonari and Satdhara:
There is a group of eight Stupas at Sonari, 10 km, on one of which numerous relics are recorded. At Satdhara, 11 km West of Sanchi, there are two stupas.
Vidisha or Besnagar, as it is called in the Pali scriptures, once the prosperous capital of the Western dominions of the Sungas, contains some remarkable antiques that throw light on the considerable architectural development of the period.
13 km from Sanchi and 4 km from Vidisha are a group of rock-cut cave sanctuaries carved into a sandstone hill that stands sentinel-like on the horizon. An inscription in one of these states that it was produced during the region of Chandragupta II (382-401 AD), thus dating these caves to 4th-5th century AD
Andher and Mural Khurd:
17 and 12 km respectively. Ruins of ancient stupas can be seen here.
93 km from Sanchi via vidisha and ganj basoda. The colossal Neelkanteshwar temple here is an outstanding example of Parmara art and architecture of the 11th century AD.
Situated on the Sagar-Bhopal road is Rahatgarh, 82 km from Sanchi. It has a medieval fort and a picturesque water fall.
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