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Transcript of BAMIYAN BUDDHA
The taliban attack
On March 09 after offering Friday Prayers, they started planting bombs inside Buddha statues. Some local Hazaras were arrested, tied with bombs in their back and lowered from the top roof of the statues to plant explosive material in the holes of statues. Later all of them were killed or slaughtered
While talking to HTimes, a survivor who had taken part in plantation of explosive materials said, “those who rejected to plant bombs in the Buddhas, were shot dead at the spot.
Buddha was the person who gave the message of peace and bought peace to this world, and what a heroious act by taliban by destroying his statues .
The Indian government, through the Archaeological Survey of India, played a commendable role in the conservation of the Bamiyan monuments between 1969 and 1977. Although attempts were made in the early 1980s to declare them as World Heritage sites, it was only in 2003 that the effort succeeded.
UNESCO, which is coordinating the conservation efforts in Afghanistan, deserves the highest praise. Instead of rushing to rebuild the destroyed icons, as desired by some of the heritage experts and funding countries, it opted for a three-phase project to demine the area, strengthen the mountain cliffs, and improve the vicinity.
THE FINAL ANSWER
A final decision has been taken by UNESCO that after carefully analysing the costs and benefits of the project, they will think about rebuilding the buddhas .
There is an urgent need to review these international legal instruments and to make it mandatory for states to protect their cultural diversity and the heritage structures that represent it gloriously.
SAMRAAT AND VEDANT.
The two most prominent statues were 55m and 37m high
Bodies carved out of sandstone cliffs
Once were the tallest structures in the world.
34.8320 N, 67.8268 E
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Hazaristan Times." Hazaristan Times. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2013.
The Buddhas location
It lies about 80 miles north west of Kabul,Afghanisthan.
Situated in the bamiyan valley near the bamiyan lake.
The chinese buddhist pilgrim Xuanzang passed through the area in 630 A.D and mentioned that the figures were decorated with gold and fine jewels.
By the 2nd century after the Islamic invasion the buddhist pilgrims lived as hermits in small caves carved into the sides of the bamiyan cliffs.