Buddha Statue, Hussain Sagar
NTR Marg, Khairatabad, Hyderabad, Telangana 500029
Hyderabad is the capital of the state of Telangana (separated from Andhra Pradesh on 2 June 2014). Between 1983 and 1989, N. T. Rama Rao served as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. During his tenure, he spent large sums to erect several statues of people from the region’s political and religious history. During his visit to New York, he saw the Statue of Liberty and was inspired by the efforts to restore it. He said “I wanted something like that great place to visit… That would have been my contribution to society.”
Rama Rao chose to depict Gautama Buddha because “he was a humanitarian who told the whole truth to the people. It is our pride.” After a long search, he found a solid white granite rock near Raigiri, Bhongir(Nalgonda District) on a mountainside 46 km outside Hyderabad. In October 1985 NTR inaugurated work on structure. For over a year, hundreds of labourers helped the temple architect and builder S.M.Ganapathi Sthapati create the statue. After five years and the expenditure of US$3 million, the statue stood at 58 feet (18 m) and weighed 350 tons, making it the world’s tallest monolithic statue of the Buddha. A concrete platform measuring 15 feet (4.6 m), now referred to as the “Rock of Gibraltar,” was constructed in the middle of Hussain Sagar to aid in erecting the statue. The roads of the city were also widened for this purpose.
This statue is located at Lumbini Park in the Hussain Sagar Island can be reached by boat in 15 minutes.
Sri K. Anji Reddy
Joint Manager (Nodal Officer)
3-5-891, Tourism House Himayatnagar, Hyderabad - 500 029, Telangana, India.
Nearest Airport - Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad, Hyderabad (34.4 Km away)
Nearest Railway Station - Necklace Road (500 Km away)
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