New Delhi, Nov 14 (UNI) A sparkling white 'Vishwa Shanti Stupa' built in the middle of a Japanese style rock garden, was today inaugurated by Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama here.
The Stupa, an initiative of Shanti Stupa Society in cooperation with the Delhi Development Authority, is built in Indian style 30 meter in height and 37 meter in diameter and has ramp facilities for the benefit of wheel chair users. It took three years to complete the project with an investment of Rs two crore.
Speaking on the occasion, the Dalai Lama expressed pleasure that Gandhian values of non-violence were still rated high among the youth of today. He described the new monument as a new landmark symbolising promotion of peace and human values.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the Shanti Stupa would add to the aesthetic glory and attraction of the city.
She said,'' We all are proud that Lord Buddha was born in this great country and his message of peace and compassion has become universal and has all time relevance.'' Pointing out that India has never thought of discarding the path of peace despite number of challenges, she said Mahatma Gandhi was able to use peace and non-violence as powerful weapons against discrimination and injustice.
Apart from the Dalai Lama, Haryana Governor A R Kidwai, Orissa Governor M C Bhandare, Delhi Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna, DDA Vice-chairman Dinesh Rai and others were present on the occasion.