Telangana Will get New Buddhist Theme Park. Particulars Right here

With the newly-opened Buddhavanam, Telangana goals to characteristic among the many most essential Buddhist websites on the earth.

This Buddhist Heritage Theme Park at Nagarjunasagar in Nalgonda district, being known as the most important in Asia, is unfold throughout 274 acres on the banks of river Krishna.

This sprawling space, which is split into eight segments, is a three-hour drive from Hyderabad airport. Other than the ethereal work by Indian sculptors, the positioning shows the work of Sri Lankan artisans too.

“This mission has been within the making for lengthy and we’re happy that it’s producing curiosity everywhere in the nation. Proper now, we have now round 1,000 guests on weekends and round 300 on weekdays. We wish Buddha’s message of peace and oneness to unfold far and extensive,” the mission’s particular officer, Mallepally Laxmaiah, advised News18.

Telangana Will get New Buddhist Theme Park. Particulars Right here
The Dhamma Bell. (News18)

THE EIGHT SEGMENTS

After crossing the doorway plaza that homes Buddhist motifs, together with the Dharma Chakra, the customer reaches the primary section, Buddha Charitavanam, a backyard which depicts main occasions from Gautam Buddha’s life.

The phases embrace Janana (the delivery of Siddhartha), Nimitta of previous man, sick particular person, useless corpse, Rohini river scene and mendicant, Mahabhinishkramana (the good departure of Siddhartha), Samyaksambodhi (enlightenment of Siddhartha Gautama), Dharmachakrapravarthana (the primary sermon of the Buddha) and the Mahaparinirvana (the good extinction of the Buddha).

Telangana’s Buddhavanam, the Buddhist Heritage Theme Park at Nagarjunasagar in Nalgonda district
The sculptures on the dome. (News18)

The following section is the Jatakavanam, which depicts all of the lives of Bodhisattva by means of 547 tales. These tales are illustrated by means of stunning murals unfold alongside the park. The Jataka tales exemplified by the lives of the Bodhisattva present steerage to practising Buddhists in main a healthful life.

The third section is the Dhyanavanam or Meditation Park. The distinctive characteristic of this park is {that a} 27-feet excessive Avukana Buddha statue has been erected right here by the Sri Lankan authorities. The park is being developed to be a meditation haven with huts and Buddhist structure.

Telangana’s Buddhavanam, the Buddhist Heritage Theme Park at Nagarjunasagar in Nalgonda district
The Avukana Buddha statue. (News18)

The fourth section, the Stupavanam, shows miniature replicas of stupas from Buddhist websites everywhere in the world. The replicas embrace Karla Stupa (Maharashtra), Ajanta Stupa (Maharashtra), Sanchi Stupa (Madhya Pradesh), Dhamek stupa, Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh), Ruwanwelisaya Stupa (Sri Lanka), Mirpur Khas (Pakistan), Seokgatap (Sakyamuni Pagoda) and others.

The Mahastupa, or the fifth section, is the principle draw of Buddhavanam. The large ornate stupa is constructed in accordance with the scale and structure of the unique Amarārāma Stūpa (Amaravathi). Vital scenes from Buddha’s life are carved on its partitions. The dome is roofed by sculptural panels depicting Theravada Buddhist symbols just like the Stūpa, the Vajrasana, Bodhi tree, pillar of fireside and Jataka tales.

Telangana’s Buddhavanam, the Buddhist Heritage Theme Park at Nagarjunasagar in Nalgonda district
The central stupa. (News18)

The primary attraction on this section is the digital sky which has been developed with assist from German engineers. The inside of the ceiling was designed in such a method that it displays the sky in 528 trapezoid-shaped panels to seize the ever-changing color of the sky and clouds.

Buddhist schooling centres, hospitality models and wellness centres kind the remaining segments in Buddhavanam.

Telangana’s Buddhavanam, the Buddhist Heritage Theme Park at Nagarjunasagar in Nalgonda district
The depiction of the enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, Bihar. (News18)

“We constructed this web site at a value of Rs 70 crore, with contributions made by each the state and Central governments. The mission was conceptualised round 2003 by former IPS officer Anjaneya Reddy, who was the managing director of tourism division. Nonetheless, the mission gathered momentum solely after Telangana was fashioned in 2014. I used to be appointed the particular officer for the mission in 2016,” stated Laxmaiah.

ROOTS OF BUDDHISM

Laxmaiah says that the earliest hyperlinks between Telangana and Buddhism could be present in Buddhist work Parayanavagga of Suttanipata.

Telangana’s Buddhavanam, the Buddhist Heritage Theme Park at Nagarjunasagar in Nalgonda district
The location was constructed at a value of Rs 70 crore. (News18)

In response to this work, a Brahmin sage named Bavari reached Assaka (Asmaka) nation in the course of the life time of the Buddha, crossed Godavari river and settled in one in all its islands.

This island is now believed to fall in present-day Nirmal district of Telangana. The account says that Bavari heard of Buddha and dispatched 16 disciples to Magadha to take heed to his teachings. At the moment, Buddha was preaching at Venuvana in Vaishali.

The disciples, who had been impressed by the preachings, turned Buddha’s followers. Whereas a number of the disciples settled there, Pingiya, the chief disciple of Bavari, got here again and introduced Buddha’s teachings to Telangana for the primary time.

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