Saturday, December 7, 2013

Viswhwa Shanthi Stupa - Rajgir

The name Rajgir came from Rājagṛiha 'house of the king' or "royal house", or the word rajgir might have its origin in its plain literal meaning, "royal mountain". It was the ancient capital city of the Magadha kings until the 5th century BC when Ajathasatru moved the capital to Pataliputra In those days, it was called Rajgrih,  which translates as 'the home of Royalty'.It was here that Gautam Buddha spent several months meditating, and preaching at Gridhara Kuta  ('Hill of the Vultures'). He also delivered some of his famous sermons and initiated King Bimbisara of Magadha and countless others to Buddhism.Vishwa Shanti Stupa is a major tourist attraction at Rajgir. 
 Nichidatsu Fujii (1885-1985), a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan-Myohoji Buddhist sect, set an example for world peace through Peace Pagodas. In series of establishing peace pagodas world over he established one such peace pagoda at Rajgir which is called Vishwa Shanti Stupa.     World Peace Pagoda at Rajgir is made of spotless white marble and is a remarkable monument. Vishwa Shanti Stupa is the tallest peace Pagoda in the world standing tall at 400 meters and houses four statues of Lord Buddha on the four side-corners of the stupa.   The four statues on four corner-sides of stupa depict the four phases of life of Lord Buddha. These statues are made of gold and depict birth, enlightenment, teaching and passing away of Lord Buddha which are symbolical of Lord Buddha’s teachings and transient life.
Aerial Ropeway takes us up the hill. The ropeway travel is fascinating & the scenery breathtaking
The World Peace Pagoda in serene settings - Above & Below
Golden Statues of Buddha depicting the various phases of his life.

Family of friendly Indian Langurs seen roaming in the Temple
Meditation Hall - You can meditate here and make offering of flowers & incense


  1. You have posted very nice pictures....i like this so very much.

    thanks for this.

    Greetings, Joop

  2. The white and gold show beautifully against the intense blue sky.
    Lovely photos and text.......thank you Ram.

    Best wishes,

  3. Great pics from the place. Very new to me.

  4. interesting place...and nice pictures RK

  5. Must have been a lovely ride up the ropeway! Yey! Monkeys!!

  6. Interesting..and fantastic coverage..

  7. These are some really nice and interesting pics. Not many people are aware in 1983, Fujii Guruji visited Wardha and expressed his wish to build a Vishwa Shanti Stupa at Wardha. After selecting the Gitai campus site, the foundation stone of Stupa was laid in 1989. In 1993, the President of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma inuagurated the Stupa. Read more facts about the Vishwa Shanti Stupa at Wardha, on the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation website.

  8. Great post.. you have posted very nice pics of peace pagoda.. thanks


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