Harmika

The harmika was a small platform with a railing located at the very top of a stupa. Sometimes umbrellas were mounted in the harmika as a symbol of honour and respect.

A model of a stupa showing a harmika
A model stupa showing a harmika with umbrellas.

A piece of stone railing was found near the ruins of the Amaravati Stupa in the 1970s. Archaeologists believe that it may have been part of the harmika.

This relief shows a stupa with a harmika and umbrellas

This relief shows a stupa with a harmika and umbrellas.