Hyderabad's Hussain Sagar Lake is indeed a special example of beauty and even more bizarre is the huge statue of Buddha situated in the lake. Let's know about it ...
Hyderabad's Hussain Sagar Lake is one of the most spectacular places not only in India but all over the world. This lake is one of the modern architectural wonders. The specialty of this lake is that it has a huge Buddha statue which is the center of attraction among all tourists. But the construction of this statue seems as simple and safe as it was a difficult task. Its construction was indeed a major challenge for the artisans. But it took almost 2 years to install the amazingly installed Buddha statue amid this beautiful lake. Let's know about some interesting facts related to this lake and Buddha statue.
The largest unbroken Buddha statue
The Hussain Sagar Buddha statue is the world's tallest monolithic statue of Gautama Buddha, located in Hyderabad, Telangana, South India. This statue is located in Lumbini Park in Hussain Sagar Island and can be reached by boat at this place. This place is really beautiful and also fills tourists with wonder. The statue stands on a concrete platform, 15 feet in height, which was built in the middle of Hussain Sagar Lake to help erect the statue. The stage is known as the "Rock of Gibraltar" and the statue is beautifully constructed in the middle of Hussain Sagar Lake. The streets of the city were also widened for the construction of this statue.
Inspired by the Statue of Liberty
The statue was constructed between 1983 and 1989 by the late NT Rama Rao, who was then serving as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. The idea for this statue came to him from his New York trip. He was amazed to see the beauty of the Statue of Liberty and inspired by it, he built the Buddha statue in the middle of Hussain Sagar Lake. Gautama Buddha was chosen as a symbol for the construction of the statue in India. From the outset, the statue was scheduled to be built of stone and after a long search, work began after the discovery of a solid white granite rock near Nalgonda, 40 miles outside Hyderabad. In October 1985, NTR inaugurated work on the structure. It was designed for over a year.
Mr. SM Ganapathi Sthapati was the architect
The construction of the Buddha statue in the middle of the lake was truly a marvel of art. Whose construction architect Mr. SM Ganapathi Sthapati teamed up with hundreds of workers. After five years and it cost the US $ 3 million and the statue was 58 feet and weighed 350 tons, making it the tallest monolithic Buddha statue in the world.
The accident occurred due to the fall of the idol in the lake
Then the government of Andhra Pradesh led by NT Rama Rao was expelled in 1989 and by the next year i.e. 1990 the stone statue was ready to be erected on a solid platform. This statue was to be transported to the shore of Hussain Sagar. A trailer vehicle and this responsibility were taken over by a local company called ABC Limited. Due to the human error of 10 engineers working on the project, there was a major accident due to the statue being torn and falling in the lake. A difficult mission of two years was carried out to get the idol out of the lake. Finally on 1 December 1992, the statue was successfully installed on the lake platform.
The idol is not in the center of the lake
The statue was planned to be erected in the center of the lake, but the engineering barrier made it difficult and it was installed near the NTR Memorial Gardens. In 2006, the Dalai Lama visited the statue and consecrated it after performing the ritual and was thus given the status of a holy pilgrimage.
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