The magic of Buddhism spread like a fire in India during the middle ages. Some how its effect declined here and spread in other parts of South East Asia. Still, India is credited to be the birthplace of Buddhism. Today, it is one of the largest religions in the world and it has millions of followers. Even though Buddhism is a minority religion in our country, its historical impact is strong. Hence, we can find its foot-marks in most parts of India. Remembering such a vivacous past, let us look around some exotic Buddha statues in India.
Tathagata Tsal in Sikkim
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Tathagata Tsal in Sikkim
A masterpiece statue of Buddha was installed at Ribong Monastery complex at Sikkim in the year 2013. Tathagata Tsal or the Buddha Park of Ravangla is famous for the 130-ft high figurine who sits with the backdrop of the mountains. It was created to mark the 2250th birth anniversary of Gauthama Buddha.
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The Great Buddha Statue in Bodhgaya
Bodh Gaya is popular as the place where Buddha attained the Enlightenment. The Great Statue of Buddha is one of the major attractions in Bodh Gaya. The majestic sculpture is in the sitting posture with the eyes closed (performing meditation). This idol has a soothing effect on the visitors and hence one of the exotic Buddha statues in India.
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Matreya Buddha in Likr Monastery
The Golden idol of Maitreya Buddha glows amidst the enthralling Ladakhi landscapes. It is situated in the age-old Likr Monastery complex. The beautiful Likr Gompa is one of the important monasteries belonging to Tibetan Buddhism. The 75-ft figurine of Maitreya Buddha was installed in the year 1999. Since then it has been a major attraction of Likr Monastery.
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Buddha Statue in Hyderabad
N.T.Rama Rao, the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh was inspired by the 'Statue of Liberty'. So, he also wanted a statue of that scale to be a part of his state. Hence, a monolithic statue of Buddha was made at huge expenditure. Today, it is said to be the world's tallest monolithic statue of Gauthama Buddha. This is located on a island at Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad.
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Reclining Buddha in Kushinagar
Kushinagar is one of the important Buddhist religious places in Uttar Pradesh. It is said that Gauthama Buddha attained Parinirvana (absolution from the circle of life); Parinirvana is be obtained after death of a person who has attained nirvana in his lifetime. Here is a statue of reclining Buddha which is one of the major attractions in Kushinagar.
Most Buddha idols are exuberant and interesting. They have some kind of pleasing effect on the visitors. Probably that is why we love to catch a glimpse of such amazing creations. Nevertheless, it is worthwhile to make a tour around these Buddhist places in India.