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'Cradle of Chinese Buddhism' embraces world (3)

By Liu Xiangrui and Li Yao (China Daily)

10:24, January 07, 2012

"Baima Temple is widely regarded as 'the cradle of Chinese Buddhism' and has become an ideal place to demonstrate unique Buddhist cultures from different countries," Wang said.

Former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee first proposed the construction of an Indian shrine when he visited the temple in 2003.

Its construction was officially agreed on when Premier Wen Jiabao visited India in 2005.

The 6,000 square meter Indian shrine, created with an investment of 15 million yuan ($2.4 million), is the first temple that India has funded and built in a foreign country, Wang said.

It resembles the revered Buddhist shrines at Sarnath and Sanchi, India, built in 2nd and 3rd centuries BC.

Now a popular spot at Baima Temple, it appears in tourist guides with introductions to its history, architecture and artistic features.

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