BUDDHA IN HYDERABAD

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:

Brass Plaque near the statue

“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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The Pedestal

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.

A view from the ferry boat

Lumbini Park, Ferry boarding point

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.

CSG Raju

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Recently . . . . in June 2017

This blog-writer visited again the Buddah statue on the Gibraltar rock at Hussain Sagar lake almost after 8 years.

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The monolithic statue carved by the renowned sculpture, Sri. S.M. Ganapathi Stapathi and his team of some 200 sculptors was magnificent one and the tranquility amidst the still waters of Hussain Sagar lake was an awesome experience. The massive Pedestal at the bottom was carved beautifully with inlaid panels depicting the life of Buddah.

There are no inscriptions of these scenes on the pedestal and it is left to the imagination of the beholder and what is described here, is purely the interpretation of this writer.

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The prince Siddarth with soldiers on the horseback sees for the first time a poor man with hunger, a sick man suffering from illness and the procession of a dead body taken for the last rites. Till then, he was not exposed to the worldly life and daily happenings, as he was brought up in the close confines of the palace. Siddarth was shocked at these three incidents, hunger, illness and death which had changed his outlook of life. Siddarth, then relinquishing his family and kingdom proceeds to do penance under a Bodhi tree for enlightenment.

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The second scenario depicts Siddarth, after enlightenment as Buddha, relinquishing the sexual pleasures of the mundane world, which is clearly shown by the mudhra of his right hand to the damsels to leave him.

Though nothing much had changed in the Lumbini park or the mound, Gibraltar rock, the charges for the entry and ferry trip had been increased but, the trip, nay the Yatra to the holy Buddha was spiritually a rewarding one.

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CSG Raju

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4 Responses to “BUDDHA IN HYDERABAD”

  1. hasyananda Says:

    this buddha has presumably come up after we left IDPL.
    Wish I could visit Hyderabad again to see all these wonderful changes.
    thanks for sharing

  2. Yuan Chou Says:

    Dear Mr Raju:

    Hi. I was looking for pictures of the Buddha of Lake Hussain Sagarand came across your wonderful pictures.

    I’m currently doing research for a non-profit Buddhist Art Dictionary. We would like to include an entry of this beautiful statue and were wondering if you can let us reference your picture.

    Please contact me if you have any quesitons. I would greatly appreciate it if you can take the time. Thank you.

    Best Regards,
    Yuan Chou

    • csgraju Says:

      Dear Yuan Chou,
      You are most welcome to reference this photo taken by me for your work on Buddha.
      Wishing you all the very best,
      CSG Raju

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