Designed to unite people of all creed, caste and religion, the Peace Pagoda was constructed in 1992 in the little town of Darjeeling. For someone who enjoys learning more about the country and improving my knowledge, this trip has been the perfect choice today. I have a guide with me today who will impart all the details about the summit and its history.
This structure has been built under the guidance of a Buddhist Monk Nichidatsu Fuji from Japan, who is also the founder of the Nipponzan-Myōhōji Buddhist Order. With the foundation stone laid in 1972 on 3rd November, the structure was inaugurated in two decades successfully. This structure was designed by M.Ohka and has a height of 28.5 meters and a diameter of 23 meters and is one of the tallest freestanding structures in our Country.
The Temple of Peace
The Peace Pagoda lies only about a hundred yards away from the Japanese Temple. It showcases the four avatars of Buddha. According to the Lotus Sutra, the appearance of the Peace Pagoda is the very embodiment of Lord Buddha, radiating peace and non-violence, purifying the Lands, minds and souls of the people.
Taking a walk around the pagoda at its pinnacle is called a Parikrama. There is beautiful artwork etched along the sand stones, looking like a wooden framework. These artworks depict the life of Buddha and his relics. Mythological depictions of the Lord like, ‘Gift of Mango Grove’ by Amrapali at Vaishali and ‘Great Departure of Siddhartha’. The Parikrama spins around the four avatars of Buddha, including postures like sitting, sleeping, standing and also meditating.
With the Mountain range and the Japanese Temple down from its view, the Peace Pagoda has been set at an excellent spot for feeling a sense of being peaceful and serene. With the Japanese Temple chanting the Lotus Sutra along with the soothing drumbeats, the peace pagoda is the perfect place to meditate and find one’s peace of mind and inner peace.
Come hither and walk a few steps among these peaceful streets and find the path to your inner divine self, or maybe even a new revelation.