Buddha to glow in multicoloured hues

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Rock of Gibraltar equipped with LED lighting system

Amazing:The DMX LED multicolour dynamic lighting of the Buddha statue in Hussainsagar on Tuesday.– Photo: Nagara Gopal
Amazing:The DMX LED multicolour dynamic lighting of the Buddha statue in Hussainsagar on Tuesday.– Photo: Nagara Gopal

The statue of the Buddha on Tank Bund will attract tourists, shutterbugs, commuters and onlookers too on all the four sides of the Hussainsagar by appearing in soft light of multiple hues from Tuesday onwards, which is the 2555th birth anniversary of the Buddha.

A.P.Tourism, as part of its drive towards promoting the Buddhist tourist circuit in the State, has equipped the Rock of Gibraltar where the 18-metre monolithic Buddha stands, with dynamic multicolour LED lighting system.

The light emitting diodes fixed at five points on the rock will bathe the statue in various alternating hues from early in the evening to late in the night every day.

The lighting equipment has been imported from Italy, said the department officials.

Tourism promotion

After inaugurating the lighting system, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Youth Affairs Vatti Vasanth Kumar said Buddhist sites and monuments at Nagarjunakonda, Amaravati, Chandavaram, Guntupalli, Bhattiprolu, Bavikonda, Thotlakonda and other places are being identified so as to conserve and preserve them to attract a large number of tourists.

Apart from the Buddhist theme park ‘Buddhavanam' at Nagarjunakonda, which is being developed at a cost of Rs.16.36 crore, the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department is taking up projects worth Rs.25.99 crore for promotion of Buddhist tourism in the State, he said.

Booklets released

The Minister, along with MP Anjan Kumar Yadav, released two booklets ‘Buddhuni Chivari Rojulu' in Telugu by Eemani Shivanagi Reddy, and a compilation of Buddhist circuits of Andhra Pradesh edited by the Director of the Department of Archaeology and Museums P.Chenna Reddy.

On the occasion of Buddha Purnima on Tuesday, the A.P.Tourism organised a display of holy relics of Buddha at the State Museum, apart from cultural programmes at Ravindra Bharathi and prayers by Buddhist monks at the statue in Hussainsagar Lake.

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