Goutam Buddha Statue in Hussain Sagar Lake and The Heart of the World

Hussain Sagar Lake is a 5.7 square kilometer lake, which separates the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. A 18-meter high white granite monolithic statue of Gautama Buddha, weighing 350 tons was installed on the Gibraltar Rock in the middle of the Lake in 1992.

Gautama Buddha statue in Hussain Sagar Lake
Gautama Buddha statue in Hussain Sagar Lake.

Hussain Sagar Lake was built in 1563 by Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah. ruler of the kingdom of Golconda from 1550 to 1580. The lake was designed by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali and hence got its name. The lake gets its waters through a canal from river Musi.

UNWTO, World Tourism Organization, has declared this heritage lake as the ‘Heart of the World’ in 2012 on the occasion of the World Tourism day. UNWTO described the lake as “World’s largest heart mark, the world’s wonderful heart mark & the world’s heritage heart mark”. (Please click the link in the fist sentence of this para, to see the declaration.)

Birla Mandir at Hyderabad near Hussain Sagar Lake
Birla Mandir at Hyderabad near Hussain Sagar Lake.

The Tank Bund road along the shores of the lake is a major tourist spot with many landmarks like Birla Mandir, Lumbini Park, Sanjeevaiah Park, NTR Gardens, Tomb of Saidani Maa Sahebaa, Patton Tank (one among the war trophies of India ), etc.

World’s Tallest Monolith Statue of Gautam Buddha

World’s tallest monolith statue of Lord Buddha is inside the lake on the Hussain Sagar Island. Hussain sagar buddha statue accident, in which 10 people were killed, happened during transportation of the statue of Gautam Buddha to Gibraltar Rock in the island. The Goutam Buddha statue which fell into the lake. Bhagwan Buddha statue was salvaged after 2 years and was erected on a concrete platform measuring 15 feet in Hussain Sagar Island inside the lake. There are boat services to the the lake, to see this magnificent Statue of siddhartha buddha or Bhagwan Buddha or Lord Buddha. Boat ride takes around 15 minutes.

Yacht Club of Hyderabad

The Yacht Club is situated inside Sanjeevaiah Park, located north of the lake. The yacht club gives sailing and Kayaking training to youths. Sailing Boat and Sailing Gear of different types like Kayak, Lasers, Optimists (for children), Omegas, etc. are there in the Yacht Club of Hyderabad. The club has its own safety & rescue vessels.

How Do I Go to Hussain Sagar Lake?

The Lake is situated at the heart of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Hyderabad and Secunderabad railway stations are the nearest major railway stations to the lake. Hyderabad International airport is the nearest airport to the Lake. Ramoji Filmcity is at a distance of around 32 kilometers from this Lake.

Birla Mandir and The Birla Family Tree

Birla Mandirs are a group of temples constructed by the Birla family (Birlas) across India. Birla Mandirs exists at New Delhi, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Kolkata, Kurushetra , Shahad, Bhopal, BITS Pilani,Jaipur, Patna, Akola, Varanasi (2 Birla Mandirs at Varanasi), Renukoot, Nagda, Brajrajnagar, Gwalior and Alibaug,

Birla Mandir construction is still going on at some places and the family believes in continuing the work.

Birla Mandirs at Delhi and Bhopal

Laxminarayan Temple alias Birla Mandir at New Delhi
Laxminarayan Temple alias Birla Mandir at New Delhi, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1939

Birla Mandir at Bhopal
Birla Mandir at Bhopal

Birla Mandirs at Delhi and Bhopal were constructed to fill a void. i.e These cities had no big temples. Delhi temple confirms to Nagara style of architecture, even though it was built using modern technology.

Architecture of Birla Mandirs Other Than Delhi and Bhopal

Most of the other Birla temples are built using marble or sandstone, in either Chandela Style of Architecture or Solanki Style of Architecture, both of which existed in the 10th-12th centuries.

Birla Mandir at BITS Pilani

Birla Mandir at BITS Pilani campus is made of white marble and is a replica of the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple at Khajuraho. Gwalior Birla Mandir is a replica of the Konark Sun Temple.

Birla Group of Companies

Birla Mandirs across India are from Birla Family, who owns the Birla Group of companies. Birla family group is one of the leading business groups in India. Birla family members are the descendants of Seth Shobharam. Birlas belong to Pilani, a town in Rajasthan and are Marwari community, a community known for its business skills across India.

Birla Family Tree

Kumar Mangalam Birla, a fourth generation member of the Birla business family, currently heads the business after the demise of his father Aditya Vikram Birla in 1995. Aditya Vikram Birla is the son of Basant Kumar Birla ( Basant Kumar Birla is the grandfather of the current group head, Kumar Mangalam Birla and is currently the chairman of BITS Pilani) and grandson of Ghanshyam Das Birla. Ghanshyam Das Birla is the son of Baldeo Das Birla and grandson of Shiv Narayana Birla. Shiv Narayan Birla is the son of Seth Shobharam and grandson of Seth Bhudharmal.