Andhra Pradesh has 200+ important Buddhist sites dating back to the 3rd Century B.C. and is an important center for pilgrimage and study. The state is home to The Great Buddhist Stupa in Amaravati which is the largest in India. Close by is the Nagarjunakonda Island, an ancient center of Buddhist learning, which houses 2000-year old Relic Caskets and beautiful sculptural Buddhist Art.
To emphasise and raise awareness of this rich and ethnic culture, the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority presents a first-of-its-kind festival of Buddhist Heritage – Global Shanti. Revolving around the universal message of peace, this festival will bring out the essence of Buddhism through a unique blend of chanting, meditation, exhibition, food, performances and philosophical talks by popular scholars and practitioners.
On the second day of the biggest festival of Buddhist Heritage - Global Shanti, a world record for the largest online chanting session for global peace was created wherein more than thousand monks at PWD Grounds, Vijayawada chanted together and around 20,000 people from around the globe joined online through www.globalshanti.in. For the first time ever, monks from three rafts of Buddhism came together and chanted ‘Buddham Sarnam Gachchami’ for world peace.