"Our temple stands as testimony to the time-honoured friendship between China and India," says Abbot Shi Yinle, head of the temple,
He said he felt proud that his temple was chosen to house the Indian hall, almost 20 centuries after Buddhism was introduced to China from India.
The 3,450 sq.m hall has facilities for Buddhist lectures, prayers, exhibitions and conferences and the stones used to build it had been shipped from India.
A senior Indian engineer has been supervising the interior decoration and two Indian master craftsmen would soon join him to supervise the final exquisite wall carvings, Hu Xuan-yan, an official with Luoyang's religious affairs bureau, said.
A 3.6-m high Buddha statue from India weighing 22 tons was installed in the hall in September last year. It is the largest Buddha statue the Indian government has given to China, local officials said.