Mengshan Buddha is the first large-scale stone Buddha in the world. However, it disappeared for 600 years without any reason. Why did Mengshan Buddha disappear for 600 years? Today, let’s solve the mystery of the disappearance of Mengshan Buddha for 600 years.
Born in 551 of the Northern Qi Dynasty, it is more than 1500 years old. It is 162 years earlier than the Leshan Buddha in Sichuan Province. It is 66 meters tall and more than the Bamiyan Buddha in Afghanistan, which is recognized as the “world’s largest Buddha” by the West. It is more than 100 years old.
Such a giant Buddha has mysteriously disappeared from people’s view for 600 years. Mengshan Giant Buddha is located in Mengshan, more than 20 kilometers southwest of Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province.
According to historical records, Mengshan Giant Buddha was built in 551 ad in the Northern Qi Dynasty. It is the earliest open-air cliff carved Giant Buddha in China.
After the Yuan Dynasty, the Giant Buddha of Mengshan mysteriously disappeared. It was not until the 1980s, more than 600 years later, that it was discovered by an old man named Wang jianni in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province.
The Buddha statue is more than 60 meters high and has a history of nearly 1500 years. It is higher than Afghanistan Bamiyan Buddha, which is recognized as “the world’s largest Buddha” by the West. It is more than 100 years old. It is lower than Leshan Buddha in Sichuan, but 162 years earlier than its construction. It is the earliest open-air cliff carved Buddha in China and even in the world.
It is recorded in the book of the Northern Qi Dynasty that “you Zhu Heng Ji” said: “chisel the western mountain of Jinyang as a big Buddha statue, burn thousands of pots of oil in one night, and light the palace.” This “Palace” refers to the famous Jinyang palace in history. The site is located in Jiulong temple, guchengying village, Jinyuan town.
The location of the western mountain in Jinyang is not clearly stated in the book of the Northern Qi Dynasty. The west mountain of Jinyang is the west mountain of Taiyuan. There are three big Buddhas in Tianlong temple, Longshan Tongzi temple and Mengshan Kaihua temple. Which one is the “Big Buddha of the West Mountain”?