Buddhavanam – The primary Buddhist Heritage Theme Park, a terrific hit with vacationers in Nagarjunasagar

Buddhavanam – The first Buddhist Heritage Theme Park, a great hit with tourists in Nagarjunasagar

2022-11-18 07:35:04

November 18, 2022 07:35 am | Up to date 07:35 am IST – NAGARJUNASAGAR (Nalgonda Dt.)

Buddhist Monasteries of various nations and an unique Buddhist College close to Nagarjunasagar, which homes the World’s largest masonry dam, are a few of the formidable plans that Buddhavanam, the first-of-its-kind Buddhist Heritage Theme Park venture is exploring.

Overseeing the serene backwaters of River Krishna on the imposing Nagarjunasagar Dam, the 274-acre distinctive venture showcasing glimpses of the Buddhist previous and sculptures depicting the lifetime of Gautama Buddha was inaugurated in Might this 12 months

A must-visit

In a brief span, Buddhavanam has acquired the tag of ‘must-visit’ among the many vacationer locations in Nagarjunasagar. The venture initially developed by the Andhra Pradesh Improvement Company in 2003 was transferred to the Telangana State Tourism Improvement Company (TSTDC) after bifurcation.

The meticulously deliberate Heritage Theme Park unfold throughout 274 acres is split into eight segments with the Entrance Plaza itself standing as a giant attraction. A stroll by means of the well-developed park provides a powerful perception into the main occasions of the lifetime of Siddhartha Gautama and his earlier delivery tales, in line with Buddhavanam Challenge Particular Officer Mallepalli Laxmaiah.

Buddhacharitavanam, Jatakavanam (Bodhisattva Park), Dhyanavanam (Meditation Park), Stupavanam, and the duplicate of Mahastupa (Amaravathi Type), win the hearts of the vacationers because the sculptural elaborations are the primary attraction of the Park.

“Miniature Stupas, a Buddhist Heritage Museum on the bottom flooring of the Mahastupa and the Acharya Nagarjuna statue add to the glory of Buddhist historical past. The Authorities of Sri Lanka donated a reproduction of the Avukana Buddha statue (27’ tall) and the Dhamma Bell are different star sights,” Mr. Laxmaiah says.

Mr. Laxmaiah added that the Entrance Plaza depicts the Buddhist motifs and symbols with a Dharma Chakra on the Centre, the Buddha Charitavanam close to the Mahastupa depicts the 5 main occasions within the lifetime of Gautama Buddha — the delivery, the 4 encounters, the Nice Departure, the Enlightenment, the primary discourse and the Mahaparinirvana (the Nice Extinction).

Buddhapāda with the ‘astamangala’ (eight auspicious) symbols carved in Palnadu lime stone, on the entrance of the park, and the Dhamma bell are the principal sights on this section.

Jatakavanam (Bodhisatva Park) throws mild on how a Bodhisattva goes by means of a number of lives practising the ‘dasa pāramitās’ or the ten perfections earlier than he turns into the Buddha. The earlier births of the Bodhisattva are illustrated in 547 tales referred to as the ‘jātakas’.

The Jātakas are very talked-about in India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal, Cambodia and different Buddhist nations. Out of the 547 Jatakas, 40 are illustrated in Amaravati faculties of Artwork by taking references from Amaravati, Phanigiri, Sriparvata (Nāgarjunakonda), Goli and different Buddhist websites.

Dhyanavanam (Meditation Park) consists of a reproduction of Avukana Buddha (27 ft tall), donated by the Authorities of Sri Lanka.

A aware try has been made in creating the Stupavanam (Miniature Stupa Park) which has Buddhist stupa structure at one place from Karla Stupa and Ajanta (Maharashtra), Sanchi (Madhya Pradesh), Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh), Mankiala, (Punjab, Pakistan) and Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, Kahu-jo-daro (Mirpur Khas, Pakistan), Boudhanath (Nepal), Topdarra (Afghanistan), Wat Mahathat Chedi (Thailand), Pardo Kaling Chorten (Tibet), Shwesandaw (Myanmar), and Gyeongju (South Korea).

Essentially the most sought-after place within the Buddhavanam venture is the Mahastupa, the centre of attraction with a width of 42 meters and 21 meters in top. It’s embellished with sculptural panels of Buddhist themes on its drum and dome parts throughout. It’s constructed in line with the size and structure of the unique Stūpa of Dhanyakataka Amaravati, with a Vedika (drum), Anda (dome) and a Hārmika on its high, mentioned Dr. E. Sivanagi Reddy, Archaeologist and Buddhist Skilled Guide, Buddhavanam.

Dr. Reddy elaborating on the salient characteristic of the Mahastupa mentioned the ornate wall of the Mahāstūpa vedika is intricately carved with the scenes from the Buddha’s life ministry and essential kings and patrons of Dhamma of the interval.

“The Dome portion is encased with sculptural panels depicting the Buddhist symbols just like the ‘Stūpa’, the ‘Vajrasana’, Bodhi tree, pillar of fireside and Jātaka tales. Occasions from the lifetime of the Buddha are additionally sculpted. A museum with a show of Buddhist sculptures and 100-year-old eye-copies of Ajanta frescoes and a Convention Corridor are positioned within the floor flooring of the stūpa,” he added.

Giving additional perception into the within sky view of the Mahastupa, Mr. Laxmaiah identified that the ceiling is embellished with Lotus petals towards the sky background on the 25 ft central stupa with Panchadhyani Buddhas put in on all of the eight sides of it.

The round dome displays the pure sky impact on the internal concave curvature of the Dome. The inside of the ceiling displays the sky with 528 perforated trapezoidal panels, every completely different from the opposite and as much as 2.5 meters in dimension, which had been designed completely to go well with the general design, contemplating the thermodynamics of the sunshine and its impact that provides a particular radiance.

The Lotus Petals and Sky Panels are engineered and manufactured with German Expertise, the primary of its variety used within the World with the architectural splendour, steel ceilings and wall panels in attaining the specified design intent. The primary-of-its-kind design focuses on the emotional necessities of the Buddhist guests and stimulates the interplay between them and the Buddhist setting, Mr. Laxmaiah mentioned.

The place after its inauguration in Might this 12 months has seen pretty good footfalls. Weekends see a heavy rush of vacationers thronging the Nagarajunasagar dam.

Heavy vacationer rush

August this 12 months, when the floodgates of Nagarjunasagar dam had been open, noticed a heavy rush of vacationers. “The vacationers not solely thronged the dam website but in addition made a beeline to the Buddhavanam venture and had been awestruck by the heritage theme park,” an official related to the venture mentioned. The footfall throughout these durations was round 10,000 a day and notably weekends additionally witnessed fairly a rush of tourists, it was identified.

Apparently, Buddhism which is practised in good numbers in Maharashtra additionally noticed folks of the religion visiting the Buddhavanam. Narender, an advocate from Nagpur, after a go to to the theme park, mentioned this could possibly be a must-visit vacation spot for folks of Buddhism if the authorities had been in a position to publicise the venture in different common locations of Buddhist curiosity throughout India. A software program skilled from Nanded in Maharashtra, Chandan, was so impressed by the venture that he went again and despatched his family and associates to take a tour of the venture.

Lately, a 10-member group of Buddhist monks from Myanmar, who had come to Hyderabad, visited Buddhavanam venture and had been spellbound by the imposing Mahastupa and its creative elaborations.

Whereas the venture has been in a position to entice a great variety of vacationers in current occasions, the guests are complaining concerning the lack of amenities like a full-fledged restaurant and correct bathrooms contained in the venture website. Although the Telangana Tourism Companies’ Vijaya Vihar complicated manages six cottages close to the Buddhavanam venture, the shortage of a restaurant there was inflicting loads of inconveniences. Additionally, the Toy Practice that used to take guests across the over-274-acre complicated is underneath restore. The vacationers need the authorities to introduce battery-operated autos to take them across the venture.

Mr. Laxmaiah says a number of Buddhist nations have evinced curiosity to ascertain their centres in Buddhavanam. A Malaysian College too despatched in a proposal to arrange a Buddhist Varsity whereas a number one hospitality group got here ahead to develop a world-class resort and conference centre right here. Growing a river-facing restaurant close to the view-point of river Krishna backwaters can be on high of the agenda of the Buddhavanam venture, the Particular Officer famous.

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