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Vishwa Shanti Stupa, New Delhi was inaugurated on November 14, 2007 and dedicated to the people of India and the World with hopes of cultivating long-lasting peace as envisioned by Fujii Guruji. This work was made possible by the Shanti Stupa Society in partnership with D.D.A. and Nipponzan Myohoji. Relics and Sacred Objects for this Stupa were donated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the President of Sri Lanka, the President of Mongolia, and the Prime Minister of Nepal.
Nipponzan Myohoji was founded by Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii (1885-1985) with the mission of building Shanti Stupas all over the world as a way of creating peace and transforming people’s mind and heart. This order has built more than eighty Shanti Stupas all across the globe. Nishidatsu Fuji came to India in the year 1931 and became a close friend of Mahatma Gandhi who named him as "Fuji Guruji". He also set up the Japanese Buddhist order of Nipponzan Myohoji. The three monkeys depicted here convey the message of Mahatma Gandhi--speak no evil; hear no evil and see no evil. These monkeys were gifted by Fuji to Mahatma Gandhi.
The Stupa stands against the backdrop of some magnificent historical buildings like the Old Fort and Humayun's tomb. It was built at a cost of two crore rupees. The "Vishwa Shanti Stupa" is 28 meters high. Its construction was inspired by the world famous Sanchi Stupa at Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh. It's this hemispherical dome which inspired the chief architect of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Edwin Lutyen, who built the imposing dome over the President's house.The newest stupa at Delhi is the 74th in the series of stupas or pagodas around the world.
A Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world peace. The first Peace Pagodas were built as a symbol of peace in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki where the atomic bombs took the lives of over 150,000 people. By 2000, eighty Peace Pagodas had been built around the world in Europe, Asia, and the United States. The Peace Pagoda was awarded the Courage of Conscience award June 5, 1998 in Sherborn, MA.
Other than Delhi, such stupas have also been built at Rajgir, Darjeeling, Vaishali and Ladakh. Some of the international locations where more such stupas have been established are Hanaokayama, Sapporo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Mount Kijosumi, Narita-chi in Japan, Lumbini, Pokhara in Nepal, Jeju island in Korea, Ampara, Unawatuna in Sri Lanka, Brisbane in Australia, Vienna in Austria, Birmingham, Milton Keynes in England, Comiso in Italy, Kuchary in Poland, Benalmadena in Spain, Manitoba in Canada.
Here you can find some more of my clicks of this monument.
This information has been compiled from various websites found using google.com
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Khanzada Mirza Khan Abdul Rahim Khan-e-Khana ( 17 December 1556 - 1627, popularly known as Rahim, was a composer of Mughal times during the reign of Akbar. He was born in Lahore on 14th Cafar 964. He was one of the Navaratnas(minister) in the court. Father of Abdul Rahim, Bairam Khan, was a trusted caretaker of Akabar, belonged to Turkic ancestry.
Khanzadahs, the royal family of Muslim jadon Rajput, accepted Islam on their association with the sufi saints. Khanzadah, the persian form of Rajputana word 'Rajput', is the title of the great representatives of the ancient Jadubansi royal rajput family, descendant of Krishna and therefore belonging to Lunar dynasty (Chandravanshi).
After Bairam Khan was murdered in Patan, Gujrat, his wife and young Rahim were brought safely to Ahmedabad, and from there they were brought to Delhi, where they were presented to the Royal court of Akbar, where he was awarded the title of 'Mirza Khan'. There he was married to Mah Banu, sister of Mirza Aziz Kokah, son of Ataga Khan, a noted Mughal noble.
Later on, Akbar married Bairam Khans' wife, thus making Abdul Rahim Khan-e-Khan his stepson. Although a muslim by birth, Abdul Rahim was a devotee of Lord Krishna and wrote about him in his poetries. Other than poetry he was also an noted astrologer and known for two of his important works namely - Khet Kautukam and Dwawishd Yogavali, which are still popular.
Also, Rahim was known for his peculiar manner of giving alms to the poor. He never looked at the person he was giving alms to, keeping his gaze downwards in all humility. When Tulsidas heard about behavior of Rahim, he wrote the following couplet in his honor.
"ऐसी देनी देंन ज्यूँ, कित सीखे हो सैन ज्यों ज्यों कर ऊंच्यो करो, त्यों त्यों निचे नैन"
"Sir, Why give alms like this? Where'd you learn that? Your hands are as high as your eyes are low."
Realizing that Tulsidas was well aware of the truth behind creation, and was merely giving him an opportunity to say a few lines in a reply, in all humility he replied
"देनहार कोई और है, भेजत जो दिन रैन
लोग भरम हम पर करे, तासो निचे नैन"
"The Giver is someone else, giving day and night. So they won't give me the credit, I lower my eyes"
Apart from writing dohas, Rahim translated Babar's memoirs, Baburnama, from Chagatai language to Persian language, which was completed in AH 998 ( 1589-90). He was extremely fluent in Sanskrit, and could work with Arabic, Persian and Turkish language.
The tomb was build by him for his wife in 1598, and later he was himself buried in it 1627. This monument is carved with stucco work and intricate patterns.
This information has primarily been compiled from Wikipedia
Here is the link to my Picasa web album with some more clicks of this monument.