Maitreya Buddha, Nubra Valley

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Maitreya Buddha, believed to be the Buddha of the future and also known as the Laughing Buddha, is one of the major attractions of the Nubra Valley. The statue stands tall at a height of 32 m. The gigantic statue stands in the open, on top of the hill, and faces the Shyok River in the direction of Pakistan. The statue was constructed with donations collected from the natives of the valley. In addition, 8kg of gold was donated for the cause by the Ganden Thipa or the head of the Gelugpa known as the Yellow Hat sect, and the Abott of the Rizu Monastery. The construction process had started in April 2006. After its completion, the statue was sanctified on the 25th of July 2010 by Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai-Lama. According to locals, the Maitreya Buddha idol was made to promote peace and protect the village of Diskit.

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