Bhubaneswar: It was a golden moment at Dhauli Peace Pagoda. An aura of peace and harmony was emanating through the mantras and sermons as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik joined hundreds of monks from Japan, America, Ukraine and Kazakhstan to celebrate the golden jubilee of the peace pagoda.
Speaking on the occasion, as chief guest the Chief Minister, giving a clarion call for world peace, said that peace has no alternative. It has its significance in all ages. Peace is the only option to achieve the goals of a better and beautiful world. “Let us work together to spread the message of peace and create a safer world for our future generation,” he called upon all.
Delving into the glorious history of Odisha, he said that the pages of Odisha history starts with Dhauli and the Kalinga war. Although, the war ended with massive bloodshed, Dhauli continues to sing the moral victory of the entire humanity. It is this place where Ashoka realised the futility of war and bloodshed, and embraced Buddhism. In fact, Dhauli changed the course of world history by spreading the message of global peace and harmony, he added.
He further said that the 50th year commemoration of the establishment of Dhauli Shanti Stupa is a matter of great pride, glory and joy for all of us. This is the land that transformed Emperor Asoka to Dharmashoka. The Shanti Stupa stands here as a monument symbolizing and spreading the message of peace, harmony and progress, he added.