Posted on 04/09/2008

Photo taken on February 14, 2008

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A stupa and a chorten

A stupa and a chorten
Beside the road down the Djendebji pass we passed this place with this stupa and chorten. Stupa, pagoda or chorten is always the same meaning in different cultures and countries (I described this in another set already).
The Bhutanese Design in foreground comprises a square stone pillar with khemar near the top. The exact origin of this style is not known, but is believed to be a reduced form of the classical stupa, with only the pinnacle and square base. Some Bhutanese chorten have a ball and crescent representing the moon and the sun on the top.
The Nepali-Style Chorten is based on the classical stupa. On the Nepali chorten, sides of the tower are painted with pair of eyes, the all-seeing eye of Buddha. What appears to a nose is actually the Sanskrit character for the number one, symbolizing the absolute ness of Buddha. The large Chortenkora in Trashi Yangtse and Chendebji chorten near Trongsa are two examples of this style.


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