Elephant Mountain Grottoes [Gansu Tianshui]

The Elephant Mountain Grottoes is located in Gangu County, five miles from the county seat. The mountains are crowded with pines and lilacs, and the pavilions are built against the mountains. There is a big cave on the cliff in the mountain, and there is a statue of a stone statue of a clay Buddha.

The Elephant Mountain Grottoes were dug in the Northern Wei Dynasty. They have gone through four dynasties for more than 300 years, until the Tang Dynasty became more perfect. Among them, the great ancient Buddha Buddha Shakyamuni was built in the Tang Dynasty. It is 23.3 meters tall and 10.4 meters wide, He Yanshanmu, dignified appearance, majestic physique, obliquely draped, sitting on the lotus seat, calmly and peacefully greeted tourists.

On both sides of the Big Buddha Cave, there are corridors built around the mountain, and the caves on the corridor are connected. There are 22 caves in existence. Most of the planes are nearly square. On the front wall, there are large round arches and high altar foundations, and there are Zen caves practiced by monks.

The exact date of the excavation of the Dai Buddha Grottoes cannot be determined. According to relevant information and research on unearthed cultural relics, Gangu plastic statues can be traced back to the Northern Wei Dynasty. Gansu Provincial Museum grotto art experts have observed and identified the Buddha in detail, and it is a cultural relic of the Tang Dynasty. It can be seen that the Gangu Daxiangshan Grottoes were first cut in the Northern Wei Dynasty and were completed until the Tang Dynasty. They have experienced more than 300 years. The height of the Buddha is 23.3 meters, waist 10.4 meters, He Yan Shanmu, dignified appearance, plump face, ears and shoulders, snail hair fleshy, majestic, oblique draped, short beard-like shape, sitting on the lotus seat We greet visitors in a peaceful and peaceful way.

On both sides of the Big Buddha Cave, Yishan has a long corridor like a belt. The caves on the corridor are connected and towering, and there are 22 caves, most of which are nearly square. On the front wall, there are large round arches and high altar foundations, and there are Zen caves practiced by monks. This is a special place like a mountain cave, and it is very rare in the country.

The Great Elephant Mountain is the place where the writers and mikes of the past rang the Rover, and there are many hymns. In the late Qing Dynasty, Wu read poetry praised: The ground is turned into a secluded place due to the overwhelming success , and the scenery is deep and quiet, not overwhelming the hall. The knot is more ravine on the river, and the white clouds are deep in the mountains. Gao Yihan, a close man, praised the poem: Five-day- long large-scale statue building, Yichuan scenery is expected to be harvested. Every year on the 8th day of the lunar calendar, there is a temple fair. Various cultural activities and material exchanges are held at the meeting. The Great Buddha of Gangu is the Buddha of Shakyamuni, and the Big Elephant Mountain has been called The Big Elephant Mountain ever since it was renamed as the Big Buddha. Former Chairman of the Buddhist Association, Mr. Zhao Puchu, after studying the birth, history and allusions of the Buddha, according to the legen d of Shijia s carrying the elephant into the womb, he thought that the Elephant Mountain is more accurate, but the local people still used to call it Much like a mountain. On September 10, 1981, the Gansu Provincial People s Government officially listed the Daxiangshan Grottoes as a provincial cultural relics protection unit and allocated special funds for maintenance. In 2001, the cave was upgraded to a state-level cultural relics protection unit.

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