- a monumental pile of earth or other material, in memory of Buddha or a Buddhist saint, and commemorating some event or marking a sacred spot.
Origin of stupa
First recorded in 1875–80, stupa is from the Sanskrit word stūpa
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Examples from the Web for stupa
Some authorities think that this stupa may be one of those erected over a portion of the Buddha's ashes after his funeral.
The one which is best preserved (or at any rate reproduced in greatest detail) is the Stupa of Rawak.
The usual manis lie along the road, and a large red chhorten or stupa has a touch of the Indian style.Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 2 (of 2)
They come out of the monastery and walk three times round a stupa, offering incense and flowers.Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)
The stupa constantly emitted rays of glory, and by the side of it was a Naga tank.Human Animals
- a domed edifice housing Buddhist or Jain relicsAlso called: tope
C19: from Sanskrit: dome
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