Friday, 13 November 2020

World's largest pillar- less dome, Pune, India!!

Peace monument, largest pillar-less dome, Pune, MH. littleindia.com

Often referred to as the Peace monument, it is the world's largest pillar-less dome built in October, 2018 in  the city of Pune, Maharashtra.  What is unique about this monumental work? It is the brain child of  a teacher Dr. Vishwanath Karad,  a man with a humble beginning, who took 13 long years to finish the project. The driving forces behind him were his dedication, commitment and, most importantly,  inspiration he gained from the  greatest leaders of humanity - the teachings of apostles, saints, philosophers and scientists down the ages. This is the reason why the dome houses 54  massive bronze statues of some of the greatest men  who enriched the civilizations of various ages and who strode the earth like a Colossus. At a time when  we are  experiencing unpredictable global politics, misrule by some  hot-headed politicians, bullying by certain nations in the Asian theater, utter disregard for the sovereignty of nations, erosion of  democratic norms and religious freedom, etc., this monument, it is quite appropriate, is dedicated to "" WORLD PEACE'' As the Vice President Sri Naidu said  that ''Indian ethos comprises  mutual respect and peaceful coexistence. Unfortunately, it is missing in our country in the past one decade or so  because of religious fanaticism, radicalism and caste intolerance. 

The interesting aspect of this biggest done is it was built without any professional help from the architects. This structure is on the campus of the MIT Group of Institutes, and the initiate was taken by the  MIT World Peace University. The structure covers  an area of 62,500 sq ft with a diameter of  160 feet. The famous dome in Vatican, the seat of the Pope, has a diameter of just 139.6 feet. The height of the dome is  263 feet  with a bell hanging from the center. But, it is not a pillar-less dome, rather it is supported by 24 massive columns, each of which is 63 feet tall. Atop the dome  there is a small temple (first in the world) dedicated to the Hindu Goddess of knowledge Saraswati. Countless artisans from Rajasthan  put in dedicated efforts to build this structure. 

Biggest pillarless dome, Pune swarajyamag.com

This new mega monument for world peace built in Pune, was  inaugurated  by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. Other fascinating facts are the Bronze statues of religious leaders, etc are massive, each weighing between one-and-half tones to two tones standing up to four meters tall ; they were crafted by, you won't believe it, by a well-known 93 year old man    Ram V Sutar, of Maharashtra who is a talented bronze craftsman. 

Also known as the Sant Dnyaneshwara World Peace Prayer Hall and Library,  the World Peace Monument to mankind was dedicated on the 2nd of October, 2018. Among the statues are: Gautam Buddha, Jesus Christ, Mahavir, Moses, Guru Nanak and Mahatma Gandhi; intellectual giants like Confucius, Adi Shankaracharya, Aristotle, Aryabhatta, Socrates, Plato, Galileo and Copernicus; philosopher-saints like Dnyaneshwara, Tukaram, Abdullah Shah Qadri (famous as Baba Bulleh Shah), Francis D'Assissi, Peter, Mother Teresa and Kabir; and scientists like Albert Einstein, Thomas Alva Edison, C.V. Raman, Jagadish Chandra Bose and Marie S. Curie..

A four-day World Parliament with  as many as 110 speakers and thousands of delegates from around the world  took part in the meetings and they inspired the audience by their thought-provoking speeches, covering  a wide spectrum  of subjects. But, they mostly related to subjects in the realm of  spirituality, philosophy and science. Such subjects would give a new impetus to the younger generation 

It is imperative for the coming generations world over   to enrich their knowledge  in their respective fields and to understand their moral obligation to take their  country forward  with hard work, dedication and integrity. 

The credit goes to Dr. Karad 77, who came from a poor  peasant family and he is  the Founder-President of the MIT World Peace University besides MAEER's MIT and Director General of World Peace Center, all in Pune.   He got the inspiration from  the great Indian philosopher, Narendranath Datta, the famous  Swami Vivekananda, who has a fitting memorial on the Vivekananda rock off the coast of southern most peninsular India - Kanyakumari.  Being humble, once he said, "The world is one family — 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' — which is an ancient Indian concept. My humble attempt is to create an edifice befitting the glory of Mother India," Karad said.

 https://www.news18.com/news/lifestyle/oct-2-launch-of-punes-mega-monument-to-world-peace-54-massive-bronzes-1893695.html