The Nipponzan Myshoji Buddhist Temple in Mumbai March 12, 2005 4:26 AM
This Buddhist Temple in Mumbai, a serene Tower in stone stands majestically in the midst of tall Bunyan trees, holds out the promise of Peace and Salvation if you will just come and smell the incense.
This magnificient Temple run by the Japanese Buddhist Order established over 700 years back. It is a single-storey structure of large sandstone blocks and plastered roof. Clean of line and spare in form, its only ornamentation is a 'lotus motif' above the doorway.
We were guided through the sparsely lit corridors by the priest, Bhikshu T Morita, who has been here for nearly three decades. His English is minimal, but his Hindi is fluent and he uses it to give some background and history.
In 1933, Nichitase Fuji, a Bhikshu from the same Order, came to India, from native Japan to "see the land where Buddhism was born." Impressed with Mahatma Gandhiji's policy of Ahimsa, Fuji stayed with him that year and became a follower. Philanthropist Jugal Kishor Birla saw this development and decided to build a temple in Fuji's honour, in Mumbai. The beautiful Temple was built and inaugurated on December 27th, 1956.
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