Philosopher Sant Dnyaneshwara World Peace Library and World Peace Prayer Hall
MIT’s endeavour of blending modern education with the time-tested universal human values continues unabated. The largest dome in the world constructed at the picturesque MIT campus in Rajbaug, Loni Kalbhor, Pune houses the World Peace Library and World Peace Prayer Hall. The brainchild of Prof. Dr. Karad, the World Peace Library and World Peace Prayer Hall is an epitome of architectural brilliance and is a contribution towards the knowledge divine. Conceptualized, designed, planned and executed under the headship of Prof. Dr. Karad, the monument has a diameter of 160 feet. With 108 pillars as the foundation, the structure can accommodate more than 3,000 people. Connecting back to the philosophy of Philosopher Sant Dnyaneshwara that the world we live in and perceive is not merely an illusion, but a manifestation of the ultimate reality that lies beyond the perception of senses and the grasp of logic, the dome is an enlightened edifice in the truest sense.
The dome will house a library at the ground level and a prayer hall above, with 54 bronze statues of revered scholars, philosophers, saints, scientists and gurus. The library covers an unbelievable expanse of 62,500 sq. ft. and is a testament of the colossal knowledge from India. In the middle is the meditation centre that is surrounded by eight solid pillars that represent the life-sustaining systems and core values of existence. The ensuing 12 pillars symbolize the religious duty that humans should abide by – duty towards the mother, father, family, society and the world. The monument conveys the message of peace, divinity and integrity and depicts the Vedic principle of ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’ (The World is One Family).
Going further, the next 24 pillars represent sciences that define and steer life, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, geography, etc. Beyond these, stand tall the pillars that embolden holistic living and all-inclusive growth such as music, drama, art, culture, etc. The 108 pillars are the foundation of world peace and they together uphold the values of humanity, communal welfare and sustainability. The monument, thus leads the way to establish itself and the country as a symbol of universal peace and humanity.
The 54 bronze statues of distinguished philosophers, saints and scientists exemplify the union of science, philosophy and spirituality and the common purpose that each of them seeks to achieve. Notable personalities have led the way for bettering the lives of humans. The zenith houses an idol of Mata Saraswati - the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, wisdom and learning. Just like Mata Saraswati, the dome symbolizes the concepts of intelligence, consciousness, knowledge, creativity, education, enlightenment and power.“Knowledge is God” and “The Ultimate Truth is Knowledge Divine” are philosophies that are an integral part of the structure and “Sant Dnyaneshwara” is a symbolic representation of the pathway or movement that the monument seeks to lead. The structure seeks to establish the connection between spirituality and science, from Sant Dnyaneshwara and Sant Tukaram to Albert Einstein and Michael Faraday.
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