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Travel to Sanchi
Located 46 km via Diwanganj and 72 km via Raisen from Bhopal,Sanchi is known for its stupas,monasteries, temples and pillars dating from the 3rd century B.C to the 12th century AD. The Sanchi Stupa the best known was originally built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka. His son Mahindra and daughter Sanghamitra were born in Ujjayini and sent to Sri Lanka, where they converted the king, the queen and their people to Buddhism.
A chunar sandstone pillar fragment shinning with the proverbial Mauryan polish lies near Stupa I and carries the famous edict of Ashoka's warning schism in the Buddhist community. The four gateways of the Stupa built in the 1st century B.C have stories of Buddha's past and present carved on them and are the finest specimens of the early classical art. The adjacent town of Vidisha has a state museum with important medieval sculptures. The 2nd century B.C Heliodoros pillar nearby and the 5th century A.D Udaigiri Caves are also well worth a visit.