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Buddha statue in Hussain Sagar

The property

OVERVIEW

The Buddha Statue of Hyderabad is a monolith situated in India. It is the world's tallest monolith of Gautama Buddha, erected on Gibraltar Rock in the center of Hussain Sagar.

Timings

10:30 am – 8:00 pm

Entry Fee

Free

Mechanised Boat Fare:

Rs.55 per Adult & Rs.35 per Child
Rs 250 for 1 person & Rs.300 for 2 people

Rajahamsa (No Alighting at Buddha Statue)

Rs 100 per person (minimum 5 persons)

Para Sailing

Rs.400 per person

How to reach

Hussain Sagar is situated pretty far (approximately 20-25 km) from the main Hyderabad city. If you wish to drive down set your Google maps to either Hussain Sagar or Lumbini Park. You can easily park your vehicle at Lumbini Park and walk till the ticket counter of the park. You need to first take a ticket to get into the park. And later another ticket for the boat to the statue. The boat take around 15 minutes to reach the statue.
Also, I made a small video about Hssain Sagar as well, maybe check that out too.

History

BUDDHA STATUE Hussain sagar statue is the tallest monolithic state of Sidddharta, also known as Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The statue located at the famous Lumbini Park in the Hussain Sagar Island can only be reach by boat. The Buddha Statue at Hussain Sagar in Hyderabad is an manufacturing marvel in that it is raised on a concrete platform, 15 feet tall, right in the center of the lake. Dubbed as the “Rock of Gibraltar”, the statue was erect in the center of Lake Hussain Sagar with tremendous efforts. The city roads were widened for the construction of the statue.
The statue was raised by N.T.Rama Rao, who was the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh between 1983 and 1989 at that time. He was inspired by the idea of ‘Statue of Liberty’ and wanted to accomplish a similar feet back home. What motivated him further is that it would stand the test of time as true representation of Indian culture, heritage and agreement. Lord Buddha became the perfect candidate for the mission.
Right from the beginning it was determined that the state would be made out of stone. After strenuous pains, a solid white granite stone unearthed near Nalgonda on a mountainside that is 40 miles external the city of Hyderabad. It took a year for the project close and the statue was lastly unveiled in October 1985 by N.T.Rama Rao.
Temple architect and builder Ganapathi Sthapati with hundreds of employees worked on the statue. After five years of work, with a spend of about US$3 million, the stand big at 58 feet (18m) and weighs 350 plenty. This makes it the tallest monolithic Buddha. statue in the world.
Unfortunately, the N. T. Rama Rao led Andhra Pradesh Government was expelled in 1989 and the stone statue was kept waiting to be erected on the concrete platform until 1990. The statue was to be moved to the shore of Hussain Sagar by a trailer vehicle, the responsibility of which was given to a local company. But tragedy befell when the statue tipped suddenly due to a mishap and killed 10 engineers involved in the construction.
Efforts to move the statue out of Hussain Sagar lake persist. The statue finally was erect on the platform successfully on 1 December 1992. The plan earlier was to allow the statue stand in the middle of the lake, but engineering hurdles stood in the way, as the statue nowadays stand slightly closer to the NTR Memorial Gardens. In 2006, the Dalai Lama paid visit to the figurine and sacred it following a ritual which lent the place the status of a holy pilgrimage site.

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