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  1. 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.
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Origin of stupa

First recorded in 1875–80, stupa is from the Sanskrit word stūpa
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Historical Examples

  • Some authorities think that this stupa may be one of those erected over a portion of the Buddha's ashes after his funeral.

    Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3)

    Charles Eliot

  • 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.

  • They come out of the monastery and walk three times round a stupa, offering incense and flowers.

  • The stupa constantly emitted rays of glory, and by the side of it was a Naga tank.

    Human Animals

    Frank Hamel

British Dictionary definitions for stupa


  1. a domed edifice housing Buddhist or Jain relicsAlso called: tope
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Word Origin

C19: from Sanskrit: dome
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