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India - Expo Hanover 2000

India at the Exhibition Expo Hanover 2000
© Philippe Lemaire

This pavilion, whose theme was "the art of living in harmony", is in fact a temple dedicated to meditation.

The visitor was greeted by a 12-metre high sculpture of "Namaskar" (the traditional Indian greeting), as well as by the lotus flower petals lining both sides of the entrance.

The interior was designed as a Mandala (a cosmological diagram for Bhudists to enter into meditation), and was divided into several sections: typical Indian streets, a traditional house and an old astronomical observatory.

In the presentation room, a documentary on the history of many philosophies and religions was shown.