chattravali

chattra

Atop a stupa, a stone umbrella symbolizing dignity; composed of a stone horizontally oriented disk on a vertical pole.
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Tratase de uma interpretacao ja implicita na estrutura padrao do stupa, particularmente pelo conjunto de umbrelas (chattravali) na parte superior do stupa.
This seems to be a rare reference to the "middle umbrella" on a stupa carrying not one chattra or one chattravali, but three or five separate umbrellas, which are very seldom depicted in ancient Indian art.