India’s peace gift for Myanmar: 16-foot Buddha statue

India’s gift of 16ft Sarnath Buddha to Myanmar unveiled at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.

A Buddha statue being sculpted at a small workshop in Ghitorni has a special significance – it is soon going to be India’s gift of ‘peace’ to Myanmar.

The 16 feet, chunar stone statue inspired by a 5th-century Gupta period statue in Sarnath has been carved out with great labour and care, so much so that it looks almost alive. It will be shipped to Myanmar next week and installed at the Shwedagon Pagoda there; it will be on display during the International Buddhist Conference in December.

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