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Plans also to expand the Itkhori MahotsavItkhori to have world’s tallest stupa

The world’s tallest ‘Buddha’ stupa will be built at Itkhori in Jharkhand, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has said. As per records, the 104 feet Buddhist stupa built by King Ashoka at Kesaria in East Champaran of Bihar is presently considered as the World’s largest Buddhist Stupa. A master plan would be ready by March and the detailed project report would be prepared by July, an official release quoting the Jharkhand chief minister said.

Chatra to become sangam of of Hindus, Buddhists and JainsItkhori to have world’s tallest stupa


Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the ‘Itkhori Mahotsav’ on Monday, Das said that the place in Chatra district would become the ‘sangam’ (confluence) for Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. The three-day festival is being held on the premises of Maa Bhadrakali temple. Das, who offered prayers at the ancient temple here, said that he prayed for the prosperity of the state and the people.

Making it a ‘mahotsav for the world’Itkhori to have world’s tallest stupa


“The government’s aim is that nobody should remain without a house, without medicine and without education by 2022,” Das said. The mahotsav, he said, would not remain confined to a district, but become a “mahotsav for the world” and the government is working in this regard, an official release said quoting Das. The work will be completed by the next ‘Itkhori Mahastov’ and Rs 600 crore would be spent for the project, the chief minister said.

Tourist facilities to be developedItkhori to have world’s tallest stupa


Earlier, Chatra was known as an extremist-hit area, but now it has become an “extremist-free” area with the help of the people and the police, he said. Jharkhand has immense potential for cultural tourism with the state having world-famous religious places such as he said. Facilities for tourists are being made in these places so that people from all over the world can come, he said. It will not only create employment opportunities but also lead to foreign exchange earnings from tourism, he said. The state government is also creating tourism circuits to enable tourists visit three to four places during a particular trip, the release said.

Legend links the place to BuddhaItkhori to have world’s tallest stupa

Legend has it that the name Itkhori was derived from words Iti Khoi, which means "we lost him here" in Pali, an ancient language of the Indian subcontinent. The aunt (Mausi) of Gautama Buddha had come to Itkhori in search of him. But when she called Buddha by his name, who was sitting under a tree, he didn't respond. She left the place by saying Iti Khoi. The place later became popular as Itkhori, which houses one of the most beautiful Buddha temples with several remains of the other two religions.

 
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