The status of the long planned small outings rarely changes from ‘Planned’ to ‘In progress’ or ‘Done’. It used to remain as ‘Planned’ in most cases. This time we decided to go out all of a sudden in the afternoon and without much thought, my husband suggested going to the Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad. We left home in an hour or so, marking the status change of our unplanned outing.
We reached there in the evening. It was a Sunday and as expected the place was crowded, to be precise, a little more crowded than I expected. I love to be in places with less crowd and I hate to be in a hurry on such an occasion. I think one could really enjoy the beauty of the place and relax better if it satisfies this less-more principle – less crowd and more time. At least that’s true in my case. If the place is crowded, we automatically fall into the hurry groove.
As we say in Physics / Chemistry laws for example;
“Boyle’s law states that at constant temperature for a fixed mass, the absolute pressure is inversely proportional to the volume of the gas”
In this context, we can conclude that,
At the same place, the enjoyment, and relaxation are directly proportional to the time in hand and inversely proportional to the amount of crowd.
Back to the topic; we reached our crowded destination. There is a big park, The Lumbini Park aka “Dumbini Park” as named by my friend when he first visited the place. It starts with a beautiful garden and there were some rides and water pools to attract people, mostly children and all of them seemed to be in full swing. A bunch of children amusingly and energetically spend their time of the holiday in the pool. We did not spend much time there and headed towards the lake that is at the far end of the park which is our actual destination of the day. It is a big lake and I hope you did not forget my love to the water-bodies which I revealed in the Venice of the East.
In the middle of the lake, there is a small island on which we could see a gigantic sculpture. I must confess that the whole view of the water, the rock, the sculpture, and the clouds on the sky which appeared very close to the statue, together offered such a stunning panorama that it took my breath away. The evening time added more charm to the scene altogether. The land in the water and a statue on it reminded me of my visit to Kanyakumari during my childhood days where there is the Vivekananda rock which is a serene location!
We could go to that island in a boat if we take the pass from a nearby counter and not to mention that there was an exhaustive queue. In no time we darted to the end of that very long queue and after waiting some time procured our tickets. The real waiting was about to start after that! We had to wait a considerable time to get into the boat as there were a huge number of people. Normal boats and some special boats were arranged and one could enjoy the live performance of the dancers in the boat in the case of the latter. We took the normal boat as we did not want anything to steal our attention from enjoying the beauty of the time and place.
We got into the boat and made ourselves comfortable on the side seats. As we moved closer and closer to the rock, it was evident that the rock, as well as the statue, was bigger than it appeared initially. Finally, we reached there to see the original gorgeous form of the miniature sculpture which we admired – The statue of Lord Buddha. The island is well preserved by the TSTDC on the middle of which stands the Buddha statue with pride. We could walk around the main rock to see different views of the statue as well as the water and the land around. As it had grown dark by that time, it was stunning to see the statue illuminated with different colors of lights. The view of the road in the mainland from there was awesome where we could spot the lights of vehicles moving in different lines and the street lights made different illuminated patterns in the water.
The specialties of The Buddha Statue in Hussain Sagar
- The Buddha Statue of Hussain Sagar is the largest monolithic statue of Gautham Buddha in the country.
Weight: 320 Tonnes
- It was carved out of a single granite rock by 40 sculptors under the guidance of Ganapati Stapathi.
- It was transported from Raigiri on a massive carriage with 192 wheels over a distance of 60 km and installed here on December 1, 1992.
- The statue, the premises, and the cruises are maintained by the TSTDC.
The square platform where the statue was erected has various stone carvings and designs on all of its sides. Plants with flowers of various colors and a small lawn around the statue added a special beauty to the premises. People took photos of the statue and with the statue. The face of Buddha radiates a peculiar positive energy and peace like any other Buddha statues or paintings. Such a serene face!