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Indian-style Buddhist Temple, Luoyang, China

Thursday 28 Jan 2010

China's first Indian-style temple

Kshitij Jain 
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13/02/11 archbhoo, now Kuala Lumpur
This is an identity for Indians and Chinese real friendship.
excellent, beautiful, people can visit now both sites new and old Sanchi...!!!
Thanks to designers and both Government and people.

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

Buddha Quotes
"India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border!"

Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA
Ar UK BHOOBALAN,M.S.arch(USSR),Indian architect/Lecturer-History, now inMalaysia
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07/12/10 Sujatha Samal, Bangalore
Amazing cover page for the book 'Temple Architecture of India', it is just gorgeous !! Yes, India is so full of such temple structures which have stood the test of time since centuries. My sincere thanks to Hardy for bringing out this book, I will try and get a copy of the same ASAP.

Wishing Hardy all the very best in all his endeavors.
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27/08/10 sruthi, dowleswaram
These are too wonderful to see.Thank u very much

Recently constructed Indian-style Buddhist Temple celebrates the shared cultural heritage between India and China 

The White Horse Temple in Luoyang, Henan which is one of the oldest sites of Buddhism in China, is an icon of India’s traditional cultural links with China going back to 65 A.D. In recognition of the historical importance of the White Horse Temple in India-China relations, it was decided by the two countries to jointly build an Indian-style Buddhist temple in the International Garden Complex adjacent to the White Horse Temple. To select the design for the temple, an architectural design competition was organised, inviting six architects from all over India and the design of M/s Akshaya Jain & Raka Chakravarty, New Delhi, was selected.

The design of the temple draws inspiration from the famous Sanchi Stupa in India, which posed a challenge since it had to blend modern planning concepts with traditional Buddhist architecture. The main temple hall is a stupa-shaped circular hall placed axially within a colonnaded enclosure. It has a 80 feet diameter domical roof with a glass-covered skylight on top. Installed within the Hall is a 15 feet high Buddha Idol, based on the famous 5th century Buddha idol in Sarnath.

Besides the Hall, the temple complex is also provided with a seminar hall, conference room and a two-storied Exhibition hall. The open space around the buildings has been carefully landscaped with two elements – garden and water body. While the garden softens the expanse of the central space, the water body encompasses the Temple Hall in the form of a four-petalled lotus pond. In one corner of the front garden is a circular pedestal holding up a granite panel with the feet of the Buddha carved on it. Elements from the Buddhist tradition, such as chaitya arches, torana, stone railings, colonnades, carved panels, jatakas, sculptures, etc. have been drawn into the architectural vocabulary.

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Akshaya Jain & Raka Chakravarty

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