Introduction to the Buddhist Stupa:

The Mankiala Stupa is a 2nd-century Buddhist stupa near the village of Tope Mankiala, Rawalpindi Pakistan. The stupa was built by the Kushans to commemorate the spot where Prince Sattva, an earlier incarnation of the Buddha, selflessly sacrificed his body parts to feed seven hungry tiger cubs. Immerse yourself in this timeless legend and explore the spiritual allure of Manikyala Stupa. The Stupa, a magnificent Buddhist monument, stands as a testament to an extraordinary tale that weaves together spirituality and selflessness.

The Legend of Prince Sattva:

According to Jataka tales, the Golden Light Sutra, and popular belief, Prince Sattva, a previous incarnation of the Buddha, displayed an extraordinary act of compassion. He sacrificed some of his own body parts to nourish seven hungry tiger cubs, embodying the essence of selflessness and benevolence.

Discovery of the Stupa:

It was discovered by Mountstuart Elphinstone, the first British emissary to Afghanistan, in 1808 – a detailed account of which is in his memoir ‘Kingdom of Caubul’ (1815). The stupa contains an engraving which indicates that the stupa was restored in 1891. At present, the Stupa is in ruins and needs care, for it to stay as a symbol of our rich history.

Visiting Manikyala Stupa:

Visiting Manikyala offers a unique opportunity to connect with this touching legend and experience the serenity and sacredness that envelop the site. Dive into the depths of history and spirituality as you explore the tranquil grounds of the enduring legacy of Prince Sattva. Gypsy Traces & Tours will happily organize your tour of this historic site.