Hussain Sagar Buddha statue

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Hussain Sagar Buddha Statue

The tranquil Lake can be seen by the Hussain Sagar Buddha statue, which sits peacefully. This gorgeous landmark, built from a single block of white granite, seems eighteen meters tall, which makes it one of the world’s highest monolithic Buddha sculptures. It’s peaceful allowing visitors to sit back and reflect on the city’s hustle and bustle.

The construction done in 1992, honours the great philosopher Siddhartha Gautama’s teachings on compassion, knowledge, and inner harmony. As the rays of the sun set beyond the horizon and hit a golden glow on the waters, the Buddha Statue in Hyderabad acts as a permanent beacon of spiritual

Amazing Facts About Hussain Sagar Buddha Statue

Here are some facts about the Hussain Sagar statue:

1. World’s Largest Monolithic Statue Of Buddha

The Hussain Sagar Buddha statue is the world’s tallest monolithic stone monument of Gautama Buddha, located near Hyderabad in Telangana, South India. This monument is located in Lumbini Park on Hussain Sagar Island and may be accessible by boat.

2. Buddha Statue Hyderabad An Infrastructural Marvel

Hussain Sagar statue is perched on a 15-foot-tall concrete platform constructed in the heart of the city to aid in constructing the monument. This platform is referred to as the “Rock of Gibraltar” and was constructed in the middle of Hussain Sagar with a lot of effort to aid in erecting the statue. The roads of the city were also widened for this purpose.

3. NTR’S Brain Child

Sri Late N. T. Rama Rao, Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister at the time, built the Buddha statue Hyderabad between 1983 and 1989.  The idea for this statue came from his visit to New York. He was astonished by the beauty of the Statue of Liberty and revered the efforts of America to restore it.

Returning from the trip he in his own words said that “He was inspired to build SYMBOL LIKE THAT which would at a single glance represent the prosperity of our culture and the distinction of our heritage which be his humble contribution to society”. Gautama Buddha was chosen as the symbol for the reason “He was a humanitarian who told the whole truth to the people and as will always be the pride of Indian culture for he preached peace.”

4. A Huge Granite Hill Was Choose For the Hussain Sagar Buddha

Right from the start, the statue was determined to be made out of stone and After a long search, the work began after discovering a solid white granite rock near Nalgonda on a mountainside 40 miles outside Hyderabad.

5. The Design Process Took A Year

In October 1985 NTR inaugurated work on the structure. It was designed for over a year.

6. The Famous Shilpi Ganapathi Sthapati Brought The Hussain Sagar Statue Out Of The Rock

Hundreds of workers helped the temple architect and builder Mr. S.M.Ganapathi Sthapati create the statue. After five years and an expenditure of US$3 million, the statue stood at 58 feet (18 m) and weighed 350 tons, making it the world’s tallest monolithic statue of the Buddha.

7. The Moving Of The Statue Onto the Platform Was A Failure

The government of Andhra Pradesh led by N. T. Rama Rao was expelled in 1989 and the Hussain Sagar Buddha statue was ready to be erected on the concrete platform by the next year i.e. march of 1990. The statue was supposed to be transported to the shore of Hussain Sagar by a trailer vehicle and this responsibility was taken by a local company named ABC Limited. A calamity happened when the monument slanted and crashed into the lake due to human error, killing 10 engineers working on the project.

8. The Monument Spent Two Years Underwater Before Being Successfully Mounted On The Pedestal

A two-year salvation mission was performed to pull the statue out of the lake. Finally, on the 1st of December 1992, the statue was installed on the platform successfully.

9. The Statue Is Not At The Center Of The Hussain Sagar Lake As Planned

The Hussain Sagar Buddha statue was planned to stand at the Lake’s centre, but the Engineering Hurdles made it difficult and stood closer to the NTR Memorial Gardens.


10. The Statue Was Made A Holy Statue By His Holiness Dalai Lama

In 2006, the Dalai Lama paid a visit to the monument and dedicated it after performing a ceremony, upgrading it to a holy pilgrimage.

Now It Stands As The Epitome Of Telugu Cultural Heritage. For more detailed information visit