Stupas of Belief II
In ancient times, Buddhist Stupas (structures said to contain ‘relics’ – typically remains of Buddhist Monks, and used as places of meditation) were piles of rubble or stone, until royal patronage was extended. These Stupas were then upgraded as structures. Buddhism is quite common in the Ladakh and Himachal Regions of India and Stupas are very prominent across the landscape. Locals or travelers express their piousness, gratitude or prayer and arrange such small heaps.