Center of India Tower, also known as World Centre for Vedic Learning, was an envisioned supertall skyscraper that would have been built 50 kilometers Northeast of Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, in Brahmasthan, or the exact center point of India. If it had been built, the tower would have been the the tallest building in India, more than 700 ft taller than the Petronas Towers, and the second tallest in the world behind Burj Dubai.
Besides being among the tallest structures, the building would have been the largest structure in the world by mass; its estimated width was 339 m(1,111 ft ). The building's construction would have been financed by Hindu spiritual leader, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
In his televised press conference of November 16, 2005, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi said he believes it is vital for everyone in the world to live and work in buildings constructed according to Sthapatya Veda or Vastu architecture.
A house built according to Maharishi Sthapatya Veda takes into account three major factors: the orientation of the house, room placement, and the proper proportion of the rooms. These primary principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda are established in large part based on the position of the sun, considered to be the most powerful natural influence on our planet. Aligned with the rising sun, an east-facing house would be considered most auspicious for the building’s inhabitants. North is also acceptable. South and West are considered to be least auspicious.
The building's design was greatly influenced by Hindu temple architecture. If it had been built, the World Centre for Vedic Learning would have been completed in 2007.
Some structural facts include:
- Structural height 677.3 m (2,222 ft) (est.)
- Height to tip 677.3 m (2,222 ft) (est.)
- Height to roof 677.3 m (2,222 ft) (est.)
- Gross floor area 30 million sq. feet (2.8 million sq. m)
- Number of individual floors