Buddha Dodernma is a huge statue of lord Buddha built on a hill called as Kuenselphodrang in Thimphu. This huge sakyamuni statue is 51. 5 meter tall and its probably the tallest sitting Buddha in the world. This bronze cast statue is gilded in gold and has thousands of small statues of Buddha inside it. The main hall inside the Buddha show the finery of Bhutanese arts and craft.
Buddha Dodernma a Gift to Bhutan.
Buddha dodernma or the Buddha point as most youngsters call it was built at the cost of about 29 million dollars donated by one of the Singaporean millionaires. As prophesied by Terton Pema lingpa (great Buddhist master) in the 7th century this statue was built on a hill overlooking the Thimphu valley. This statue was built to benefit all sentient beings.
This site is still under construction is will take at least few years more before the site is fully developed. Once developed this will be a one of the most important place of worship and a nice sightseeing places for tourists in Thimphu.
The majestic statue of sakyamuni is visible from most part of the valley and its a nice place where most families go for picnic on weekends. People go for drive to the kuensel phodrang at night as the night view of the Thimphu city is nice from here.
Walking trails around Buddha Dodernma
Ministry of Agriculture has been developing the park around Kuenselphodrang. There is a nice walking trails around kuenselphodrang passing through pine forest. There are places to sit and relax at regular intervals and nice places to sit and watch the beautiful valley of Thimphu below.
Recently a mountain biking off road trail of about 72km was constructed from this point around the surrounding mountains. This trail was built with the help of volunteers and will be a nice place for mountain biking enthusiasts to try off road.