A Brazilian monastery inaugurates a 35-meter statue of Buddha, displacing Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer as the largest effigy in the country

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This Saturday, after months of delay due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Zen Buddhist monastery Morro da Vargem, in the Brazilian municipality of Ibiraçu, in the state of Espírito Santo, inaugurated a giant statue of the Buddha of 35 meters high. These dimensions make it the highest effigy in the country, a title that until now belonged to Christ the Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro, they report local media.

Made with more than 350 tons made of steel, iron and concrete, the 35 meter high monument, 38 If you consider the pedestal, it is the largest Buddha statue in the Western Hemisphere and one of the tallest in the world.

After its construction was completed at the end of last year, in December 2020 the Eye Opening Ceremony (Kaigen, in Japanese) was practiced virtually, a ritual in which statues or images are consecrated and endowed with ‘a soul’ painted Buddha. The practical the abbot of Eiheiji Monastery, Minamizawa Zenji, a spiritual leader of Zen Buddhism, who was unable to leave Japan due to travel restrictions implemented during the pandemic.

Since his consecration, each week between 4,000 and 5,000 visitors They meet in the monastery’s Torii Square to contemplate and make their prayers before the gigantic Buddha, who is guarded by other 15 statues of the smaller prophet.

Both the Christ the Redeemer and the Buddha of Morro da Vargem have a height of 38 meters if the pedestal is included; However, the emblematic monument that dominates the Rio de Janeiro skyline from the top of Corcovado measures only 30 meters tall without counting the base, five less than the recently inaugurated effigy.

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