Ghantasala to get 70-ft Buddha statue

Ghantasala to get 70-ft Buddha statue


  • Decks have been cleared for the construction of a Rs. 1.5-crore project to develop Ghantasala village in Krishna district as one of the prime Buddhist tourist spots in the State.

The new tourist spot

  • The new facility will be themed on the Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha.
  • The major highlight will be a two-storied structure in Buddhist architecture resembling a pedestal with a 100-ft wide and 70-ft high Budha in the Mahaparinirvana posture.
  • On top of the two-storey structure will be an imposing statue of the reclining Buddha, this is a chief iconographic and statuary pattern of Buddhism.
  • It represents the historical Buddha during his last illness, about to enter the Mahaparinirvana.

The Mahaparinirvana Posture

  • In Buddhism, Mahaparinirvana means the ultimate state everlasting, highest peace and happiness entered by an Awakened Being (Buddha).
  • It shows Buddha lying on the right flank, his head resting on a cushion or on his right elbow, supporting his head with his hand.
  • This pattern seems to have occurred at the same time as other representations of the Buddha in the Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara.
  • The two floors will house a Buddhist library, a meditation centre, an auditorium for spiritual classes, an exhibition hall for digital replicas of the Buddhist antiques exhibited in the Paris museum and monasteries.

Development of new projects

  • The project is coming up in a 2-and-half acre private land donated by a non-resident Telugu Gorrepati Ramanadha Babu on behalf of a Trust run in the names of his parents.
  • Tenders for the project have been concluded, designs approved and administration sanction given. The work may start in a couple of weeks.
  • Ghantasala, known as Katakasila in the ancient times, was a renowned Buddhist centre located near the coast.
  • Ptolemy, the Greek geographer, had made a specific remark of an emporium of Kontakossyla in the region of Misolia (present Machilipatnam).
  • The maha stupa was once sheathed with well decorated sculptured slabs like that of Amaravathi and had an ornate railing.
  • Initially, the archaeological implication of Ghantasala was reported by Boswel in 1870-71 and the site was then subjected to excavations by Alexander Rea which brought out the stupa architecture in detail.
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