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Jan 29, 2013, 02.41AM IST TNN [Rajiv Mani]
ALLAHABAD: The disciples of late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi from across the world will converge on the Sangam for the unveiling of the spiritual guru's "Samadhi Smarak" (memorial) on February 15. The memorial will be inaugurated by Jyotishpeethadheeshwara Jagatguru Shankaracharya Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati, of Badrikashram, Himalaya.
The devotees of Maharishi include many famous personalities. Maharishi Yogi, who died on February 5, 2008 at his residence in Netherlands, was cremated at his ashram at Arail, the opposite side of Sangam. It was then announced that a huge memorial, having over 1000 Kalash (a circular mound over the temple roof) with golden plating and executed by Indian and German architects, would be built at the spot.
Giving details, Raja Harris Kaplan, in charge of India for the global country of world peace, and Dr Girish Chandra Varma told TOI that the Smarak would be unveiled on February 15, i.e, Basant Panchmi. The architect of the Samadhi is M/S Chhaganlal Rewashankar Sompura of Gujarat, presently headed by Nipam Sompura, whose family has designed many temples and buildings. Along with him, Dr Eike Hartmann from the Institute of Vedic City Planning, Maharishi University of Management, Holland, has also put in tireless efforts in building the memorial, said Dr Girish Chandra Varma.
The memorial has been built at a cost of Rs 40 crore. "The Maharishi Smarak will be a place of pilgrimage, the source of knowledge and inspiration for future generations and along with Shankaracharya Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati of Badrikashram, Himalaya, many other seers will attend the function," said Harris. Along with them, Dr Tony Nadar, known as Maharaja Nader Raam, the first sovereign ruler of Maharishi's global country of world peace, and around 20 other Rajas, each for different fields and in charge of different countries and eight ministers of the Global Country of World Peace, will attend the function, he added.
The outer diameter of the structure spans for 108 feet by 108 feet while the height is 81 metres. The top of the structure would have 1008 Kalash, all having gold plating.
The smarak will be directly connected to the main road running besides the Ganga while the main entrance will have gopurams (gateways) from three directions. The road to the memorial will have 12 mandaps. Each of these mandap would depict 12 areas of teaching taught by Maharishi. The entire structure has been made from stone, wood and copper clamps. The interiors have been furnished by marble.
TOI visited the memorial and saw that it's nearing completion; mansions have beautifully carved, the pillars made of marble and the dome has beautiful carvings. The surroundings of the memorial are being decked up for the big occasion.
Although Harris did not confirm if celebrities like award-winning filmmaker and musician David Lynch and actor Richard Gere would be attending the Maha Kumbh, sources said they could come on the occasion.
"It is not about any western (or eastern) celebrity coming to Kumbh, it is that a Smarak of total vedic knowledge is being inaugurated, inspired by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the holy tradition line of Sri Shankara. For over 50 years the Maharishi propagated the actual experience and understanding of the Vedas, of total knowledge, of atma and the self to millions of people," Harris said.
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You can watch a beautiful 10-minute video of the construction and announcement of the official inauguration of the Maharishi Samadhi Smarak on February 15, 2013 by clicking here.