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Vishwa Shanti Stupa

The Shanti stupas , are monuments conceptualized by Fujji Guruji,  a monk from Japan. He was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru award in the year 1978, for international understanding by the government of India. While promoting the idea of these, one of a kind, Shanti stupas, he wanted to promote peace and non-violence in the world. The architecture of the structure stupa can be said to be similar to a pagoda. The Vishwa Shanti Stupa is positioned in Indraprastha park at the centre or heart of Delhi. This monument distributing the message of peace is also called the World Peace Pagoda. It stands 28 metres tall and is completely built with white marble and carries a golden peak. Visited by many famous leaders, it has received many sacred objects and relics, from them. The architecture takes its form from the Sanchi stupa located in Madhya Pradesh. It also has a beautiful Japanese garden surrounding it. It was inaugurated in the month of November in the year 2007. Fujji Guruji or Nichidatsu Fujji, founder of peace pagodas or stupas all over the world was born in the family of peasants in the year 1885. He was ordered to be a monk at tender age of 19 and learning about ‘Lotus Sutra’, most influential sutra which would be preached in India, he travelled to India in 1931. Subsequently, meeting Mahatma Gandhi in Maharashtra, he broadcasted Buddhism in India. The foremost peace stupas were constructed in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki, since the atomic bombing had killed a huge number of civilian people. After that he travelled to India to initiate the pagoda in Rajgir. There are about  6-7 such stupas in India in the places like Rajgir, Darjeeling, Bhubaneshwar, Ladakh, Vaishali and Wardha.


Stupas have been built in India since the age of Mauryans. It is a dome-like structure with hemispherical shape. Most of the recent peace stupas have been built using marble or the likes. It is used to preserve the remains of Buddhist monks, considered to be very sacred. They have also been built in stone, especially by Emperor Ashoka, all over India.

Best Time to Visit

A good period to visit the Vishwa Shanti Stupa, in Delhi is in the months of October to March when the weather is agreeable and friendly. Enjoy the lush greenery and colorful flowers in Delhi during this time.

How to Reach

By Air

Delhi presents a variety of alternatives for air travel being the capital of India. One can take advantage of the convenient flights either domestic for in India travel and international for abroad. The Indira Gandhi International Airport is connected with other parts of the city by Delhi metro, local train service.

By Train

For every part of India there are suitable trains connecting Delhi, making it user friendly and enjoyable to travel in train. There are three railway stations in Delhi, the Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station and the new and old Delhi Railway stations.

By Road

With more and more convenient roads and highways coming up throughout India, Delhi can be reached by road, comfortably and fast. The Interstate Bus Terminus situated at Kashmir Gate enables people to make their choices of buses for travelling out of the state. Another two bus stands, namely Sarai Kale-Khan Bus Terminus and the Anand Vihar Bus stations provide many options in number and kinds. One can also avail government and private taxis here.

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