Dhyana Buddha Statue
At a distance of 2 km from Amaravati Bus Station, the Dhyana Buddha is a statue of Lord Buddha situated in Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the tallest Buddha statues in India and among the most important places to visit in Amaravati.
Standing tall at a height of 125 feet, the statue of Dhyana Buddha was commissioned in 2003 and completed in 2015. The statue is situated in 4.5 acre scenic locale on the bank of Krishna River. Made out of concrete and stone, this giant statue was sculpted by R. Mallikarjuna Rao, the Joint Director of Social Welfare, Guntur. The statue was designed by incorporating features from all the 50 types of Buddhist sculptures from 145 major heritage sites all over India.
The statue is in meditating posture while he is seated on a giant lotus supported by eight pillars symbolizing the Buddha's eight fold path to attain salvation. The area is divided into four zones depicting the four noble truths. The five ayaka pillars made of sand stone symbolize the five stages of life. There is a three layered museum inside the statue which has reliefs of famous sculptures of Amaravati Art including events associated with enlightenment of Buddha, enlightenment under Bodhi tree and all other events in the life of Buddha. The essence of Buddhist teachings found in 24 chapters and 424 stanzas were also carved on 200 panels in the main hall of Dhyana Mandiram.
The Dhyana Buddha theme park was built around the statue. There are 300 small Dhyana Buddha statues facing the main statue in the park. The complex also houses a seminar hall and 20 luxury suites for international Buddhist tourists, apart from an International Buddhist Study Centre.
Timings: 8 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Rs.20 for Person