The webmaster of Magiedubouddha.com at Bodnath Stupa.
At one of the miraculous Chedi in the mountain near Chiang Mai (Thaïland)
Legend say that those huge stones are kept in place by a single hair from the Buddha.
Extraordinary Gold covered Chedi. (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
The Stupa of Borobudur (Indonesia)
The Stupa find its origin on cairns & tumulus and was at the origin nothing more
than a pile of rocks inside wich some time a relic was placed.
Ancient tradition say that after the Buddha Sakyamouni Parinirvana ,
its remains were shared between the 8 kings that came to pay hommage :
- Ajâtashatru (King of Magadha),
- Lichchavî of Vaishâlî,
- Shâkya of Kapilavastu,
- Buli from Allakappa,
- Koliya of Ramagama,
- the Brahmins of Vethadipa,
- Malla of Pâvâ
- Malla from Kusinâgar
Those are the relics that were placed in the first Buddhist Stupa.
People circumnabulating the Stupa of the Golden mountain temple
(Wat Po Kao Thong, Bangkok)
for Maka Bucha Day 2009
But not all Stupas countain relics, Stupas are classified in 4 main categories
depending on their nature:
* les Dhâtu-chaitya countain physical relics
* les Paribhoga-chaityacountain objects that belonged to the Buddha
* les Dharma-chaitya expose the teaching of the Buddha
* les Uddeshika-chaitya are commemorating the Buddha Parinirvana
An unusual stupa on a boat (Wat Yannawa, Bangkok)
Some Zedi (Stupa) in Myanmar.
Viewed from the sky, some Stupa form a mandala :
Here, the Chedi at Wat Asokharam (Bangkok).
The selection of Stupas i offer is composed of pieces of good quality made of noble materials (glass, sandal wood, brass, stones...), as much as possible i also tried to offer Stupas handmade by artisans instead of industrialy made Stupas.
This Thai woodturner is the man who make all wood Stupas offered on Magiedubouddha.com.
A stupa alway countain various relics and sacred objects, in a room that is most of the time walled and inaccessible, but i managed to take this photo of the inside of the antique Chedi
at Wat Phra Tat Choeng Chum as this Stupa has an access door,
that is open for devotee a few days every year.
This way you can see what the inside of an antique Stupa in Thailand look like.