Nalanda, November 26: Amid the chanting hymns and tranquility of the place, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar unveiled a 70-feet tall statue of Lord Buddha at Rajgir in Nalanda district on Monday. The statue of Lord Buddha is the second tallest statue of Buddha in the country, and was unveiled in the presence of Mahabodhi temple's chief monk Bhante Chalinda.
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 sandstone. CM Nitish Kumar took a boat ride in Ghora Katora lake and offered his prayers by circumambulating the Lord Buddha's statue.
Talking to reporters, CM Nitish Kumar said that "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 a 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 as only electronic vehicles will ply here. People can visit this particular area either on their foot or by using bicycles and tongas."
Stating that this place is associated with all major religions, the CM said that it is said that Guru Nanak Dev had also visited this place.
Some people belonging to the Sikh community had expressed their desire for building a "Gurudwara" near "Guru Nanak Shital Kund", CM Nitish Kumar said adding that the Forest Department and the Central government have given their clearances for construction of "Gurudwara", the work for which would complete soon.
The Chief Minister also expressed hope that the construction of Gurudwara would be completed by the next year near Guru Nanak Shital Kund. The CM later inaugurated a three-day Rajgir Mahotsava in the evening.