Leh Travel Guide

Shanti Stupa

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Shanti Stupa 

The Shanti Stupa was built by both Japanese Buddhists and Ladakh Buddhists. The original idea to build it was stated in 1914 as part of Nichidatsu Fujii’s mission to build Peace Pagodas and temples over the world and try to resurrect Buddhism back in India. The Shanti Stupa is said to be the most famous tourist attraction around Leh, though its architectural style is different from the traditional Ladakhi style. The Shanti Stupa overlooks the city of Leh, providing panoramic views of the city, the village of Changspa, Namgyal Tsemo in the distance and the surrounding mountains. The stupa is built as a two-level structure. In the first level, a central golden Buddha image sits on a platform depicting the “turning wheel of Dharma” (Dharmacakra). The second level has reliefs depicting the “birth” of Buddha, the death of Buddha (mahanirvana) and Buddha “defeating the devils” while meditating. Both levels feature a series of smaller meditating Buddha reliefs.

 

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