Chaitya

A chaitya is a Buddhist shrine or prayer hall with a stupa at one end. In modern texts on Indian architecture, the term chaitya-griha is often used to denote an assembly or prayer hall that houses a stupa. ==History== Chaityas were probably constructed to hold large numbers of devotees and to provide shelter for them. Early chaityas, such as at Bi...
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chaitya

(from the article `Krli`) village, Mahrshtra state, west-central India, situated about 32 miles (51 km) northwest of Pune and noted for its rock-cut chaitya, or Buddhist ...
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