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Address: : Uparli Barol, Himachal Pradesh 176215, India

Timings: : 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

How to reach: : Located about 6.3km from Mcleodganj, the easiest way to get to the stupa is by car or cab, and it will take approximately 25 mins; cab fares vary.

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Namgyalma Stupa, Dharamshala Overview

Situated in the village of Upari Barol, the Namgyalma Stupa is a dome-shaped structure modelled after stupas constructed in the 3rd century BC during the rule of King Ashoka. The stupa is said to contain the remains of Buddha and is a place of worship and a tribute to the Tibetan soldiers who lost their lives in the freedom struggle. There are numerous prayer wheels around the structure.

Nagyalma Stupa is made from sandstone and is believed to have purifying powers; most Tibetans believe that anything falling onto the structure is instantly purified. The rain that falls on it is blessed. Many visit the stupa to rid themselves of their souls of any bad karma, and while rotating the wheels outside, they chant prayers. The image of Sakyamuni Buddha inside a stupa chamber draws many devotees who come to offer their prayers at the shrine. It is also called the “Stupa of Complete Victory” in honour of Gautam Buddha overcoming the mara of death and is thus built with three circular steps.

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