The Bamiyan statues of Afganistan were destroyed by the Taliban on the 16th of March, 2001. On that day a 13 year old child, who was among the devotees at a remote temple, at Monaragala in the Kurunegala District approached the chief incumbent of the temple and suggested the destruction of a mosque or two in retaliation. The Priest explained to the young boy that throughout history Buddhists have not attacked anyone who harmed Buddhists and said the wise thing is to build a colossal statue, on 3rd May this child handed over 1300/- rupees, collected from the congregation, with the help of other children.
This was the first contribution made towards the construction of this mammoth 67.5 foot Samadhi Buddha statue, which is carved out of a massive rock.
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