Buddha's Relics to be Placed at the Keystone of A Dome
07-24-2018    Press Trust of India
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Mumbai</SPAN></st1:City><SPAN lang=EN-US>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">India</st1:country-region> -- Relics of Gautama Buddha will soon be brought to this city to be placed above the keystone of what is claimed to be the world's largest stone-built dome at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Gorai</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Island</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> in north Mumbai.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The dome is part of a pagoda being built by the Global Vipassana Foundation at a cost of Rs 80 crore.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The construction of the entire complex -- consisting of the main pagoda which will be 96.12 metres high, and four smaller ones with a height of 23 metres each -- will be complete in a year, the Foundation said.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>To put it in perspective, the main pagoda will be as high as a 30-storey skyscraper.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The centrepiece of this complex, a 100-foot central dome built of stone, is complete. The Foundation is going to place relics of Gautama Buddha in a small chamber above the top keystone of the dome in a ceremony on October 29.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The relics were donated by the Mahabodhi Society.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Foundation has requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to do the honours, but it is yet to be confirmed whether he will attend the ceremony.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The pagoda with the gigantic stone dome was conceived by S N Goenka, who made the ancient Vipassana -- a technique of meditation traced back to the Buddha himself -- popular across the world.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The pagoda will be a huge Vipassana centre that can accomodate around 8,000 people at a time. The land on which it stands was donated by media baron, Subhash Chandra Goyal, himself a Vipassana practitioner.</SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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