Gujarat's Chief Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi today sealed the 90-kg Time Capsule, scripting the progress of the state since its formation on May 1, 1960, and lowered it under the ground for posterity at the site of Mahatma Mandir here today.
The capsule, christened 'Kaal Sanduk' of 'Smriti Manjusha' is made of special gauge stainless steel after given proper treatment. The scripts are written on a 100-foot long, 3-foot wide special paper mixed with plastic. They have been written in Gujarati, Hindi, English and Sanskrit. It should last 1,000 years.
It contained 29 audio-visual compact discs prepared by the Government of Gujarat, Ravishankar Maharaj's word-by-word speech delivered at the time of Gujarat's Foundation Day on May 1, 1960, the concept of the Mandir and the opinion of 'kar sevaks' participating in its construction.
The capsule also carried proceedings of the state's golden jubilee celebration on May 1, 2010, the resolution passed by Gujarat's present and past Chief Ministers, MPs and MLAs at the unique parliamentary conclave, named 'Swarnim Gujarat Sanasadiya Parishad' held at the State Assembly on January 1, 2010.
Shri Modi lowered the capsule under the ground at 12.19 p.m., amidst chanting of Vedic hymns in the presence of the Council of Ministers, MPs, MLAs, Mayors and Sarpanchs from various cities and villages, among others.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Modi said the centrally located Mahatma Mandir is being built on a site at the state capital so that it could be viewed from all directions by the elected representatives, administrators and others, continuously reminding them about the high ideals and values of the man of the millennium, the global citizen.
The majestic Mandir is being built by the people's strength with symbolic samples of soil and water brought in 50,000 pitchers from 26 nations, all the states in India, from all the 159 towns and 18,000 villages in Gujarat. The project has been undertaken as part of the state's golden jubilee celebration.