Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Sanchi: Photo 3
We've come around to the southwest corner, and you can see some other features. Above the dome, there's a parasol (chhatra) atop a square pavilion (harmika) formed by a balustrade (vedika). There are two other vedikas at the base, one on top of a reinforcing terrace (medhi) whose weight helps keep the structure from spreading, and another on the ground. Both were used by worshippers following a clockwise processional pathway or pradakshina patha.
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