This Buddha statue was opened on the 26th of December 2006 at Paraliya as a memorial to the over 35,000 Sri Lankans killed by the Tsunami on the 26th of December 2004. This statue is an exact replica of the 5th Century 175 feet Barmiyan Buddha Statue destroyed by the Muslim Fundamentalists in Afghanistan. This replica was created using the earliest known sketches of the statue.
A pulp like material has been used to obtain the colour and the texture of the statue. This pulp has been applied to the cement structure. Unfortunately just a week after opening this pulp like material seems to coming off from the cement at the very bottom of the image. I doubt that this image will look the same in one year.
Map of Tsunami Honganji Viharaya
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Travel Directions to Tsunami Honganji Viharaya
The site is located in Pareliya on the Colombo – Galle Road about 95 km away from Colombo.
|Route from Colombo to Tsunami Honganji Viharaya|
|Through : Panadura – Kalutara – Aluthgama – Ambalangoda – Paraliya|
Distance: 95 km
Travel Time : 2.5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map