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Buddha Dhatu Jadi -(Bandarban Golden Temple)

 

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Buddha Dhatu Jadi is one of the important travel spot in Bandarban District. It is located at Pulpara 4 kilometer from close to Balaghata town, and 10 kilometer from in the remote Bandarban City. It is the largest Theravada Buddhist Temple with the second largest Buddha statue in Bangladesh. It was built in 2000 in Arakanese architecture, an adoption of South East Asia style. The Buddhist temple is known in local language as kyang.

Buddha Dhatu Jadi

Buddha Dhatu Jadi

The temple is situated in the hill town of Bandarban, which has two of the highest peaks hills, the Tajingdong (4,000 feet or 1,200 meters) and the Keokaradong (4,632 feet or 1,412 meters) covered with dense forests. Sangu river flows through the town. There is a waterfall nearby. The temple is built on top of a (200 feet or 60 meters) high hill. Construction of the temple started in 1995 and was complete in 2000. The Bandaban Golden Temple belongs to the Theravada Buddhism order, which is practiced by the Marma Indigenous people, a dominant ethnic group of Bandarban.

The Buddha Dhatu Jadi temple attracts pilgrims and visitors in all over the world. Visitors can hire a rickshaw or auto rickshaw from Bandarban city. It is open from 5 PM to 7 PM for the visitors and each visitor is charge 15TK for entrance. A strict dress code of ‘no shorts and no shoes’ in temple precincts is followed here. There is small pond in the temple named “The Pond of Angels” on the top of a hill known as the Debota Pukur. Traveler or tourist can see a total glance of Balaghata and its surrounding natural beauties from here.

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