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here that he would explain the themes of Upanishad, Quoran, Bible and other religious
books and extol the funda- mental unity of the basis of all religious. A pious Bengali
pilgrim described theoriginal sanctuary as follows: "The sanctuary or chapel is a
marvelous edifice. The roof is tiled, but the enclosure is of glass, some painted and some
colored. The Crystal Palace, London, is a glass house. We have not heard of any
other house besides it made of glass.
magnitude the Shantiniketan sanctuary cannot be compared with famous Crystal Palace, it
gives the people some idea as to what sort of edifice the latter is. It undoubtedly is an
attraction to the villagers, who come to see it in large numbers. This glass hall is about
60 feet long and about 30 feet broad. The pave- ment is of white marble. There are
suitable inscriptions in it in Sanskrit.It has fourgates from four sides of the garden.
Towards the eastern the word OM in Bengali, like the figure of the cross in Christian
churches,flourishes over the topmost pinnacle.
Suitable inscriptions, both in Sanskrit and Bengali, are
inscribed on beautiful pedes- tals for flower vases, and placed at the approach to the
holy place. There is a beautiful artificial fountain, which plays on special occasions,
and on the two pillars near it are stuck two large pieces of marble, the one bearing an
inscription in Sanskrit and the other in Bengali, describing the blessedness of heaven of
which the place assuredly is the fore shadow."10
10 From Unity and the Minister 13th October 1901,
reproduced in Tattwabodhini Patrika, Vol., XV, part III