This week’s DP photo challenge is Rare.
To many westerns, stupas are rarely seen and the meaning are not fully known.
They are modeled on ancient Indian burial mounds. The base of the stupa is often sealed with a copper plate incised with a vishva-vajra crossed thunderbolt design that is regarded as protection from evil. Stupas themselves were venerated as symbols of the Buddha.
This is a picture taken in the temple of Angkor Wat which displays a stupa.