Stupa (Buddhist)

A Stupa is not a building in the traditional sense and is just considered as a burial or a reliquary ground. It slowly became a symbol of the Buddha indicating his release from the cycle of birth or the Parinirvana.
The shape of the Stupa is said to represent the Buddha crowned and sitting in meditation on a throne. The Stupas are built on a square pedestal, carefully aligned with four cardinal points of the compass. This is symbolic of the dome where the earth supports heaven and the heaven covers the earth. It is the axis of the earth that is represented in the Stupa, and a ritual circumambulatory path around the monument completes the symbolism.