India's tallest Buddha

Measuring 80 feet, India’s tallest statue of Lord Buddha was unveiled on the premises of Thai Buddha Vihar in Sarnath . A joint Indo-Thai project conceived in 1970, the statue is built in an area of 2.5 acres and costs Rs 2 crore. Former prime minister of Thailand Surayud Chunalot and former governor Lord Abbot Wat of Dhamma Suthi in Thailand unveiled the sandstone statue. Gautam Rashmi, secretary, Thai Buddha Vihar, said, “Construction of the statue was started in 1997. Cutting, polishing and carving of stones took almost five years. Due to some difficulties, the work was stopped for about three years. It resumed in November 2006”

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