Perched on a hill about three miles away from Thimphu in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, the Buddha Dordenma is an enormous statue of Gautama Buddha sitting inside a lotus. With a height of 169 feet, it is one of the largest Buddha Rupas in the world. The statue is made of bronze and gilded. Similar to this main effigy are 1,25,000 smaller ones that have also been made of bronze and gold-plated.
Construction of the Buddha Dordenma comes with the backdrop of a prophecy made in 8th century A.D. by a renowned yogi- Lam Sonam Zangpo. According to him, erecting a statue of Buddha, Guru or Purbha in this region would bring peace, stability and prosperity in the entire world. This massive structure overlooks the city of Thimphu as a guardian.
The combined height of 169 feet comprises of a 66 feet high throne, upon which a 138 feet high statue of Buddha and the lotus is sitting. The plan is to construct 17 stories within this entire figurine, which will be decorated with thousands of other Buddha effigies showing his different aspects. Paintings depicting the main events of his life will adorn the ceilings.
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