A Chaitya (sanctuary) made from stone, clay and wood.


A Stupa (in Sanskrit) or Chorten (in Tibetan) is a mound that gradually accumulates when visitors to a grave leave a small stone as a memento or calling-card. The shape of the Stupa, for which there are 8 designs, represents the seated figure of Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha). This structure, in the mountains of Tibet, is a Chaitya (Sanskrit for sanctuary) made from stone, clay and wood. A Chaitya is a building with a Stupa inside it that also provides people with protection from the weather.