Nitish Kumar unveils 70-feet-tall statue of Lord Buddha in Bihar’s Nalanda

Patna: On Monday, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar unveiled a 70-feet tall statue of Lord Buddha at Rajgir in Nalanda district.

The second tallest statue of Buddha in the country, was unveiled in the presence of Mahabodhi temple’s chief monk Bhante Chalinda, an official release said.

The statue has been installed above a 16 metre radius pedestal in the middle of the lake Ghora Katora and has been made from 45,000 cubic foot pink sand stone, it said.

Kumar took a boat ride in Ghora Katora lake and offered his prayers by circumambulating the statue of Lord Buddha, as per the release.

Talking to reporters, Kumar said, “Ghora Katora lake is a historical place. It is a natural lake surrounded by five hills where Lord Buddha’s statue has been installed. People will visit the lake where they can also have the privilege of offering their prayers to Lord Buddha.”

“A beautiful park is being developed here from tourism point of view…I am quite confident that Ghora Katora will emerge as an important place for eco-tourism…No petrol and diesel vehicles will be allowed to ply here as only electronic vehicles will ply here. People can visit this particular area either on their foot, or by using bi-cycles and tongas,” added the chief minister.

(With inputs form PTI)