Asia’s tallest Buddha statue declared open in Mathugama

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A replica of the Aukana Buddha, considered the tallest standing Buddha statue in Asia, was declared open in Mathugama yesterday by President Maithripala Sirisena.

The statue was constructed by Mathugama UNP chief organiser and Western Province Parliamentarian Jagath Pinnagodawithana at a cost of Rs 90 million.

The statue is 135 feet in height.


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  • rw Sunday, 24 April 2016 04:21 PM

    90 million lot of money via DM Android App

    Mohamed Sunday, 24 April 2016 05:26 PM

    wow looks very beautiful via DM iOS App

    Thanos Sunday, 24 April 2016 06:04 PM

    how much of the 90 million were commissions?

    Freddy Monday, 25 April 2016 05:15 PM

    A Buddhist country SrI Lanka has this beautiful statute. Whereas in Afghanistan they blow up ancient Buddhist statutes. And here some are against like the ltte who destroyed many Buddhist temples and Monks. Loyalty to the country and the majority's religion is National Interest.

    Lanka Sunday, 24 April 2016 08:11 PM

    Thank true!

    Citizenperera Sunday, 24 April 2016 08:30 PM

    Was he a tax payer ? 90 Million from where?

    Prophet Sunday, 24 April 2016 08:42 PM

    Sri Lanka, if you want to prove to the world that you're a 'Buddhist Nation', number of statues or the size of the statues will not help, prove it by making it a good place for everyone to live, so that your citizens will not take refuge in foreign countries. Or else a day will come where there will be statues more than its' citizens

    Gamini Monday, 25 April 2016 06:34 PM

    Good show, Bamian statue in Khandhar comes to mind. Hope to see that statue too erected one day!

    Sim Monday, 25 April 2016 07:20 PM

    Did he spend his money or governments. There are less people in temples now even on a poya day. Good if he could have spent this money for the welfare of the poor people of his area.

    Prem Nath Tuesday, 26 April 2016 03:20 PM

    Lord Buddha was against all this and wanted the people to follow his teachings and do good for the society. Building huge statues of the Lord does nothing good for the society. This monies could have been better utilized for a more noble cause of the poor. In any event,the politicos who have got this Tall statue erected at such a cost,can they stand Tall themselves and bring the country out of its misery?

    Tharindu Monday, 25 April 2016 08:43 PM


    das Sunday, 24 April 2016 11:11 AM

    Setting up huge monuments is an old fashioned cultural practice

    ANTON Sunday, 24 April 2016 11:43 AM


    Lahiru Monday, 25 April 2016 11:22 AM

    It is a beautiful statue. Amazed how people have become critics nowadays on when somethings comes up . Asking about..Talking about money... living peacefully... this does not have anything to do with a statue of Buddha. Living peacefully together means appreciating each others beliefs.

    John Monday, 25 April 2016 12:12 PM

    Seems totally lopsided in SLn values, considering the many social needs like housing that could have been supported with SLRs 90M?!

    ANTON Sunday, 24 April 2016 12:48 PM


    kirthi Sunday, 24 April 2016 12:59 PM

    Its a good thing we don't have poverty or needy causes!!!!Statues at every corner and literally every public office, ceremony kade etc has not changed man's heart. maybe finally have the answer with this new one! Looking forward to changed hearts, great ethics and love for others as a result of this statue!!!

    Citizen Sunday, 24 April 2016 01:16 PM

    These are man made with cement or clay. These statues are handiwork of man. So it is better to honour respect and worship the man who made it because without him this statue would never be there. via DM Android App

    Daily Merry Monday, 25 April 2016 12:31 PM

    what waste of money. black money? Cheating Buddha too?

    Perumal Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:55 AM

    Are we any closer to Nibbana for this statue?

    waco Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:59 AM

    From where did he find this much money. Department of Income Tax - worth investigating.

    Nandanee Monday, 25 April 2016 02:30 PM

    “When you know the knower within, you don't need to know further. When you know the meditator within, you don't need to meditate further. When you truly know the worshiper in you, you are to be worshiped.” ― Amit Ray

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