A huge sandstone statue (70×30 feet) of Lord Buddha in ‘Dharma chakra mudra’ will be installed in Ghora Katora lake, the ecotourist site at Rajgir in Nalanda district.
The Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) has already awarded the contract to ‘Rang Vikalp’. The statue will be completed in 22 months at an estimated cost of Rs 17.37 crore. The sandstone will be brought from Chunar in Uttar Pradesh. This statue will be taller than the one at Bodh Gaya (60x20ft).
The main sculptor, Sanyashi Red, told TOI that this project would be a major challenge for any artist. “We have to bring 2,800 tonnes of sandstone from Chunar. More than 150 artists would be working round the clock for the next 20 months at Chunar, Rajgir and Patna simultaneously,” Sanyashi said.
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