The world’s largest dome was inaugurated at Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT)’s World Peace University (MIT-WPU) campus at Loni Kalbhor, Pune (Maharashtra). It was inaugurated by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu along with the Peace Center on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The dome has been built atop MIT World Peace Library and World Peace Prayer Hall, which are named after 13th-century poet-saint and philosopher Dnyaneshwar who was a pivotal figure of Bhakti movement in Maharashtra. The dome has a diameter of 160 feet, overtaking earlier record holding Vatican Dome having a diameter of 139.6 feet.
It stands 263 feet tall with a bell hanging from the centre and has prayer hall with the area of around 30,000 sq ft. It is supported by 24 massive columns, each 63 feet tall. The periphery of the dome and underneath — inside and outside has bronze statues of 54 of biggest names in world history stand, irrespective of nationality or religion.