2013 India Trip: Bihar / Vaishali – Part II [Vishwa Shanti Stupa]

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Vishwa Shanti Stupa [Vaishali]


July 5, 2013: Trip to Vaishali, Bihar..
Visited three sites:

[1] Raja Vishal ka Ghar [Ruins of Fort of King Vishal] .. click here..

 [2] Vishwa Shanti Stupa [World Peace Pagoda].. click here..

 [3] Anand Stupa and Ashokan Pillar

 The museum was closed on Friday..

 

 

The Vishwa Shanti Stupa is erected according to the teaching of the Saodharma Pundarika Sutra (The Lotus Sutra) to disseminate love and peace and to create “The Pure Land” on the Earth. The construction of the Stupa all over the world was initiated by the most Ven. Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, after seeing the tragedy of atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki of Japan, at the end of the World War II. The Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Vaishali has been built by  Nipponzan Myhoji and Rajgir Buddha Vihar Society, through contributions of devotees in India and Japan. The Lord Buddha’s relics have been enshrined on the foundation and on the top of the Stupa. Construction of this Stupa was started in April 1990 and completed in October 1996.

It is designed by Dr. M. Ohoka of Japan. Overall height 125 ft, base 118ft, dome diameter 65ft. Four statues and Kota [top part of the stupa] were sculpted by Shri Sudarshan Sahu [Padma Shree] of Puri, made of fiber glass and polished with gold. Lions, lamps and Dharma Chakras were sculpted by Shri Lakshmi Pandit of Patna. Flooring done by Jitendra N. Prasad of Vaishali. Masons, labours and technicians were local from Vaishali.

Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation has a wonderful website on Vaishali..  Destination Vaishali, click here..

 

Dharmachakra Mudra

Dharmachakra Mudra

 

Dharmachakra mudra.. ‘Wheel of Dharma” expresses the continuous energy (symbolized by a wheel/chakra) of the cosmic order. The hands are placed at the heart level with the thumbs and index fingers forming circles. The right palm faces outwards and the left one faces towards the heart. This mudra is associated with Buddha’s first sermon, or teaching. It is often referred to as the representation of teaching about the cosmic order as coming from (or through) the heart center.

 

Bhumisparsha Mudra

Bhumisparsha Mudra

 

Bhumisparsa Mudra is translated as Touching the Earth, or Calling the Earth To Witness the Truth mudra. This hand gesture is always depicted with the right hand, while the left hand is on the lap, with the palm facing outwards..

 

Mudra

Mudra

 

 

Sayana Mudra

Sayana Mudra

Sayana Mudra .. Reclining Buddha represent Buddha’s death. The posture symbolizes complete peace and detachment from the world.

 

Nipponzan Myohoji Temple

Nipponzan Myohoji Temple

 

The Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Vaishali has been built by Nipponzan Myhoji and Rajgir Buddha Vihar Society, through contributions of devotees in India and Japan.

 

Abhishek Pushkarni

Abhishek Pushkarni

 

Abhishek Pushkarni: also called the Kharauna Tank or Coronation Tank, is considered to be a holy tank which the Lichchavi s used to sprinkle water over their heads. A very beautiful description of this tank is mentioned in the Buddhist literature. In 1957-58, the famous archaeologist- Dr. A.S. Altekar during his excavation found the remains of 3.25 feet thick and 15″ x 9″ x 2″ brick wall around this tank. He also found some coins and idols of the Shung period. It s believed that this tank of Lichchavis was small originally but was later broadened in 2nd century BC.

 


 

Photo Gallery: Vishwa Shanti Stupa at Vaishali

 


 

 


 

RELATED LINKS..
Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation.. Destination Vaishali, click here..

 


 

The dharmachakra mudra derives from Shakyamuni Buddha’s first discourse upon the Four Noble Truths, which he taught at the deer park in Sarnath, near Varanasi. The historical event is known as the Buddha’s ‘first turning of the wheel of dharma’; where he set in motion the ‘perfect wheel’ of his teachings. His two great subsequent discourses, the second and third turnings of the wheel of dharma, were given at Rajagriha and Shravasti respectively.

 


 

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