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1) The stupa is an important form of Buddhist architecture, though it predates Buddhism. Discuss the religious, architectural and philosophical significance of various Buddhist stupas.

Topic:  Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. 

1) The stupa is an important form of Buddhist architecture, though it predates Buddhism. Discuss the religious, architectural and philosophical significance of various Buddhist stupas. (250 Words)

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Why this question?

It’s in our topic list. It’s always an important topic from both prelims and mains point of view.   

Key demand of the question:

Write about religious, architectural and philosophical significance of Buddhist Stupas. Give equal weightage to all 3 aspects.  

Directive Word:

Discuss– Question itself has given three dimensions. Now, within these dimensions, cover important aspects of each dimension. 

Structure of Answer:

In the introduction, write a line or two about how Stupas are embodiment of Buddha’s ideology and himself. Also write how architectural style of Stupa has various forms across Asia symbolising various aspects of Buddhism. 

In the body, as per question’s demand there are THREE parts(religious, architectural and philosophical significance). Discuss each with suitable examples. Notice that question is about ‘various forms’ of Buddhist Stupas. 

In the conclusion, write the need for preserving these structures. Or write any relevant conclusion. 

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Tip: Maintain balance between facts and analysis. If you analyse without facts, you will end up scoring less.