Lumbini, Sarnath, Buddhagaya and Krishi Nagar are some of the Buddhist shrines that have been transformed into temples. It has been set up as another tourist destination for Buddhists. Will attract Buddhist tourists internationally.
8 parks have been set up in Buddhavanam to mark the Ashtanga path of the Buddha. The area looks highly scenic and pleasant with lush greenery all around. Itte hooks the onlookers. In the first park, models depicting the life stages of the Buddha were set up. In the second park, 42 different venues with 547 horoscope stories were built. The third is the Andhra Buddhism Park. Fourth World Stupa Park. With the help of Sri Lankans, a 27-foot-tall Buddha statue was erected in Fifth Park. The Great Stupa was built in the seventh park. The sixth park has been turned into a meditation garden and the eighth park into a stupa garden.
The sculptures are made of Malwala stone brought from Jammalamadugu, Kadapa district. Palnati marble is used at the 3 main entrances to the Buddha Forest. The life of the Buddha is associated with 22 types of trees. In this context, these 22 types of trees are also being grown in Buddhavanam.
Siddhartha meditated for 48 days without food or water. He becomes enlightened after receiving the potion given by Sujata Devi in Hridela village. To reflect this theme the statue was carved as if sitting on the knees at the bottom of the mahastu and taking the potion.
The mausoleum is 21 meters high and 42 meters in diameter. It is said to be the largest of the stupas built of concrete in Asia. This stupa was built in Amravati, Guntur district with the same dimensions as a reflection of the stupa built during the Satavahana period. A spacious meditation hall was set up. Below the stupa are the library, auditorium and museum.
How long did it take to build the Buddhavanam project?
The foundation stone for the Buddhavanam project was laid in 2005 by tourism officials. The Dalai Lama, a Buddhist teacher, planted a Bodhi tree in Amravati in 2006 during the Kalachakra Yaga. Until the partition of Andhra Pradesh in 2014, the construction of Buddhavanam was centrally funded. Funding for the project from the Center stopped after the partition of the state. With this, things stopped.
In the first week of May 2015, the TRS party held a plenary session at Nagarjuna Sagar. CM K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) who came to Sagar for the meeting visited Buddhavana. Rs 25 crore was allocated for the development of Buddhavanam at that time. Mallepally Lakshmaiah has been appointed as the Special Officer. Work has been going on since and the project is complete.
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