Topics: Hussain Sagar, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, India Pages: 6 (1942 words) Published: January 3, 2011
Hussain Sagar
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Hussain Sagar|
Location| Hyderabad|
Coordinates| 17°27′N 78°30′E / 17.45°N 78.5°E / 17.45; 78.5| Lake type| artificial lake|
Basin countries| India|
Max. depth| 32 ft|
Surface elevation| 1,759 ft|
Islands| Buddha Statue (artificial)|
Settlements| Hyderabad and Secunderabad|
Coordinates: 17°27′N 78°30′E / 17.45°N 78.5°E / 17.45; 78.5 Hussain Sagar (Telugu: హుస్సేన్ సాగర్) is a lake in Hyderabad, India, built by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali in 1562, during the rule of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah. It was a lake of 24 square kilometres built on a tributary of the River Musi to meet the water and irrigation needs of the city. There is a large monolithic statue of the Gautam Buddha in the middle of the lake which was erected in 1992.[1] Contents[hide] * 1 Tank Bund * 2 Sailing * 3 Landmarks * 4 Transport * 5 References * 6 Gallery * 7 External links | [edit] Tank Bund

Tank bund road
Built in the 16th century the lake was named to express the gratitude of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah to Hussain Shah Wali who helped him to recover from illness. It is a sprawling artificial lake that holds water perennially, built during the reign of Ibrahim Qutub Shah, across a tributary of the river Musi in 1562. Linking the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, the lake and its environs have several parks and scenic spots. The broad road on the tank bund is lined with lawns and 33 statues of famous personalities of the State stand along the bund of the lake. The well laid out Lumbini park located in the Buddha Purnima project has a musical fountain. The lake was a hot spot as a suicide location but these have reduced in the last few decades, possibly due to the worsening water quality. The lake is encompassed on one side by the beautiful Lumbini Park, an amusement park for the young and old alike. Then there is the enchanting Birla Mandir hewn on a hillock nearby. Standing on the Tank Bund at night, one is awe-struck to see the glimmering row of lights outlining the lake that look like “a diamond studded necklace”. This is the necklace road being readied to enhance the beauty of Hussain Sagar. The majestic white arch that forms the entrance stands high and immaculate into the bluish white sky beckoning the motorists a free and easy passage on the wide long stretch of the Tank Bund. The two lions standing straight in support of the roof of the arch beside the pillars and the tapered dome with globular design akin to pinnacles on top are all styled after the traditional Hindu temple designs, much like the “simha dwaram” (the lion gateway). Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Throughout the year the Tank Bund presents a picture of hustle-bustle of the regular traffic.

Statue of Buddha
An 18 meter high monolithic statue of Lord Buddha towers over the lake from atop the Rock of Gibraltar. The road on the Tank-Bund which originally was very narrow was widened in 1946 when Sir Mirza Ismail was the Prime Minister of Hyderabad. Further widening and beautification of the Tank-Bund took place during 1987-88 with the addition of fountains with dancing waters, tantalising coloured lighting during nights, and the installation of nearly thirty three (33) well sculptured bronze statues mounted on high platforms, in the memory of historical and eminent personalities of Andhra Pradesh. [1] The idea of erecting a giant monolith Buddha statue in the midst of Hussainsagar lake on the Gibraltar rock was a part of the Buddha Poornima project in 1985. The monolithic statue was chiselled out of a white granite rock, weighting 450 tons. It was carved by 200 sculptors for two years. The statue was transported to Hyderabad in November 1988.After the initial problems, the statue was erected on 12 April 1992 on a red coloured Lotus pedestral. Attached to it,...

References: 1. ^ "View of Buddha Statue, Tank Bund, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh". Retrieved 2006-11-02. 
2. ^ "Tank Bund". Archived from the original on 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2006-11-02. 
3. ^ "Forum for a Better Hyderabad". Archived from the original on 2006-08-13. Retrieved 2006-09-21.
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