• Short Summary

    THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA, MR. V.V. GIRI, INAUGURATED A BUDDHIST WORLD PEACE PAGODA, AT RAJGIR,?

  • Description

    THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA, MR. V.V. GIRI, INAUGURATED A BUDDHIST WORLD PEACE PAGODA, AT RAJGIR, IN BIHAR STATE LAST WEEK. THE INAUGURATION WAS ATTENDED BY THOUSANDS OF BUDDHIST PILGRIMS FROM INDIA AND SOUTH-EAST ASIA INCLUDING JAPAN AND WAS ALSO ATTENDED BY THE DALAI LAMA.

    THE PAGODA, CALLED THE VISHWE SHANTI STUPA, IS LOCATED ON A HILL 2200 FEET HIGH AND VISITORS ARE CARRIED TO IT UP AN AERIAL CHAIRWAY.

    THE SHRINE HAS BEEN BUILT WITH JAPANESE AID AND PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY WERE MANY JAPANESE BUDDHISTS INCLUDING A BUDDHIST LEADER THE MOST VENERABLE PUJII GURUJI.

    RELICS OF BUDDHA AND A GOLD STATUE HAVE BEEN INSTALLED INSIDE THE PAGODA. THE RELICS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT FROM JAPAN AND ARE A PORTION OF THE SACRED ASHES GIVEN TO JAPANESE BUDDHISTS BY THE LATE INDIAN PRIME MINISTER. JAWAHARLAL NEHRU IN 1947 AS A SYMBOLIC GESTURE OF THE BONDS BETWEEN JAPAN AND INDIA.

    ABOUT 45,000 POLISHED SLABS BEARING JAPANESE BUDDHIST INSCRIPTIONS HAVE BEEN PLACED IN THE WALLS OF THE PAGODA.

    A BUDDHIST MEDITATION CENTRE IS TO BE OPENED NEARBY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7E9A7S1T1OUAY29P8BQPJIFVU
    Media URN:
    VLVA7E9A7S1T1OUAY29P8BQPJIFVU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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