Saturday, March 5, 2016

Hanging Out in Hyderabad - the Birla Mandir, Lumbini Park and the Buddha Statue

Saturday afternoon in Hyderabad was spent at the Salar Jung museum.  It has a huge collection of sculptures, paintings, textiles, ceramics, clocks, carpets and so on from Japan, China, Burma, Nepal, India, Persia, Europe and North America.  It was all collected by Salar Jung III and is the biggest one-man collections of antiques in the world.

After the museum we went to the Birla Mandir, a Hindu temple built on a hill.  It was very beautiful and had a great view out over the lake.  It was built in 1976.

From the Birla Mandir we walked down through Lumbini Park to the Hussain Sagar lake and took a ferry out to the Buddha Statue in the middle of the lake.  Hundreds of labourers took over a year to create this enormous statue, which is the world's tallest monolithic statue of Buddha.  The cost of constructing is was around 3 million US dollars.  The statue was supposed to be erected in the lake in 1990, but an accident on the barge meant it tipped and fell into the lake, killing 10 people.  It was finally pulled out of the lake and erected 2 years later.

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