Lord Gautama Buddha in Hussain Sagar
The Buddha statue in Hussain Sagar, between the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad is said to be the largest monolithic statue of Lord Buddha in standing posture in the country. Its awesome size and fine workmanship in the midst of still waters of the lake is breath taking and is surely a crowd puller every day and each day of the year. Ferry boat cruises are available from Lumbini Park that takes the visitor to the statue for a closer look and later around the statue before returning to the boarding point, lasting some 25 minutes at a cost of Rs. 40 per head (as in Dec 2009).
A plaque near the statue reads:
“THE BUDDHA STATUE
The Buddha statue in Hussain Sagar is the largest monolithic statue of Gautama Buddha in the country. It was carved out of a single granite rock by 40 sculptors under the guidance of Ganapati Stapathi.
It was transported from Raigiri on a massive carriage with 192 wheels over a distance of 60 km and installed here on December 1, 1992.
Height 17 Meters
Weight 320 Tonnes
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Many would remember the remarkable story behind the installation of this statue which is as interesting as the statue itself, the sinking of the barge carrying the huge statue from the shore to its place of installation in March 1990 and after more than a year of its immersion in waters, it was successfully salvaged and installed in the place where it stands today.
The ferry trip to the lone, gigantic statue on a beautifully carved pedestal in the midst of the lake, besides being spiritually rewarding is pleasurable and is worth experiencing when you are in Hyderabad / Secunderabad.