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Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple information
Dominating this temple – also known as the Temple of 1000 Lights – is a 15m-tall, 300-tonne Buddha. Keeping him company is an eclectic cast of deities, including Kuan Yin (Guanyin), the Chinese goddess of mercy and, interestingly, the Hindu deities Brahma and Ganesh. The yellow tigers flanking the entrance symbolise protection and vitality, while the huge mother-of-pearl Buddha footprint to your left as you enter is reputedly a replica of the footprint on top of Adam's Peak in Sri Lanka.
The footprint's 108 auspicious marks distinguish a Buddha foot from any other 2m-long foot. The temple was founded by a Thai monk in 1927 and stands opposite the Taoist Leong San See Temple,