By report this is the largest monolithic statue in the world at 57 feet. It really is quite striking when you see that it is carved from a single rock. Take special note that the index finger on the left hand is significantly shorter than the adjacent fingers. My guide informed me that a short index finger is associated with wisdom...that may be the case although the cynic in me had to wonder if perhaps there was a mistake when carving out the hand and a legend subsequently grew up around it...I guess I'll never know for sure.
The steps up to the place are smooth but there is a wide range in steepness; some are big and others are small so make sure you can handle the trek up the hill (about 600 steps). There weren't too many pilgrims when I went but enough to get a sense of the place. You have to take your shoes/sandals off for the trek so it might be worth wearing socks to keep from burning your feet on hot days. There is also a fee to store your shoes so be ready to pay the nice man at the shoe guarding place.
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