The Magnificent Buddha Statue on Hyderabad’s Iconic Hussain Sagar!
Why visit the Buddha Statue?
- Cultural and religious significance – The statue represents the peaceful and compassionate teachings of Buddha and serves as a symbol of unity and harmony among different religions and cultures.
- Historical significance – The Buddha Statue is a reminder of Hyderabad’s rich cultural and historical heritage. It is a testament to the city’s love and respect for art and architecture.
- Architectural significance The statue is a magnificent piece of art and architecture. The statue’s design and style reflect traditional Indian and Buddhist architectural elements, making it a unique masterpiece. The statue’s grandeur and aesthetic appeal attract tourists from all over.
- Scenic beauty – The statue is surrounded by stunning natural beauty viz the lake’s serene waters and the lush greenery around the lake create a peaceful and tranquil environment. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll around the lake or enjoy a boat ride to experience the scenic beauty of the area.
- Perfect for photography – This is a popular spot for photography enthusiasts. The statue’s unique design and style, coupled with the scenic beauty of the lake, make it a perfect backdrop for photographs. The best time to take pictures is during the early morning or late evening when the light is perfect for capturing stunning shots.
- Family-friendly attraction – The Buddha Statue on Hussain Sagar Lake is a family-friendly attraction that offers something for everyone. Children can enjoy a boat ride or visit the nearby amusement parks like the Jalvihar, and Lumbini Park or sample the local cuisine at the famous eat-street on Tank Bund. The newly added Light and Sound Show is an added attraction in the area.
The Buddha Statue at the heart of Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad is one of the most iconic landmarks of the city. The statue of the enlightened one has been a symbol of peace and tranquility since its inauguration in 1992. It stands tall at 18 meters making it the tallest monolithic Buddha statue in the world.
The project to build the statue of Lord Buddha was envisaged by the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N T Rama Rao. He was inspired by the Statue of Liberty during one of his visits to the United States and wanted a statue to be constructed in Hyderabad which would be a symbol of peace and harmony.
The search for the right granite started and the same was discovered in a small village, Raigiri, Bhuvanagiri, 46 km from Hyderabad.
In October 1985, N T Rama Rao launched the construction of this statue. Hundreds of artisans worked alongside temple architect and builder S.M.Ganapathi Sthapati to craft this monolithic statue of Lord Buddha weighing 350 tons, and with a cost of over Rs 10 crores in 1990.
A man-made concrete platform measuring 15 feet in the middle of the lake was constructed as a platform for the statue. This structure was called the “Rock of Gibraltar”
The statue was transported from Raigiri and was installed on the Rock of Gibraltar in the year 1992. The installation of the statue was intended to take place in 1990 but suffered a setback when it slipped and sank into the lake. It took two years to retrieve it and place it onto the concrete platform.
Passengers can take a ferry service from Lumbini Park to the Rock of Gibraltar in order to reach the Buddha Statue. Viewing the majestic statue from a distance is a sight to behold; however, it is even more captivating up close. For a truly enchanting experience, don’t forget to stop by Eat Street and savor the view along with some delicious snacks.
The Buddha statue was consecrated in 2006 by Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism. Today the statue stands proudly on the “Rock of Gibraltar” and has come to define the city of Hyderabad.
Although a sight worth capturing even from far, it is an enchanting experience to get a close look at the statue. You can also sit at Eat Street and enjoy the view with some mouth-watering snacks. Visiting the illuminated statue of Buddha at night is an unforgettable experience. The statue is illuminated in different colors and surrounded by the waters of Hussain Sagar, creating a mesmerizing sight. To enjoy this awe-inspiring moment, visitors should plan to come between 8 am and 10:30 pm. Make sure that you don’t miss out on this breathtaking experience!
The majestic Buddha Statue on Hussain Sagar in Hyderabad stands as a symbol of peace and harmony, imparting its timeless message of hope and compassion to all who behold it. It is a reminder of the rich cultural heritage of Hyderabad, and a symbol of the city’s bright future. The Buddha Statue has become a major tourist attraction, serving as one of the most popular landmarks in the city.
- It is best to go in the evening. The sight of the statue lit up in the evening can be mesmerizing. The sunset from this place looks divine too.
- Check out the dancing fountains on Hussain Sagar Lake. These fountains are the biggest fountains in India.
- Remember to visit Lumbini Park for the light and sound show and NTR Gardens nearby.
- Remember to carry a face mask. The place tends to stink sometimes
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Rs.55 per Adult & Rs.35 per Child
Rs 250 for 1 person & Rs.300 for 2 persons
Note: You can’t alight at the Buddha Statue
Rs 100 per person (minimum 5 persons)
Note: You can’t alight at the Buddha Statue
10:30 am – 8:00 pm on all days
Telangana – 500029
1800 4254 6464
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