Thursday, April 15, 2010

Buddha's Light

A hill temple in Vietnam has been getting attention from photographers in Vietnam in the past few years. The Bai But Linh Unh temple which was built in 2004 is located at an altitude of 693m in the Son Tra peninsula in Danang, southern vietnam. The temple is scheduled to open to the public on the 19th of the 6th month of lunar calendar this year, 6 years after it was built.

The main attraction here is a giant statue of the Goddess of Mercy which measures 67m in height and 35m in width and it's Buddha's light phenomenon.

This strange spectrum of light first appeared in the mountainous area in 2008 when the sun shines onto droplets of moisture in the earth atmosphere. To scientist this phenomenon is nothing but just a rainbow but it's rare round shape appearing above the Goddess of Mercy statue cause delights among Buddhist in Vietnam. From a certain angle, the light appeared to be shining behind the statue of the Goddess of Mercy.

It was first spoted by workers doing the constructing work on the statue back in 2008and a photo was taken at that time by a monk of the temple but was kept confidential as "natural miracle" until the phenomenon appeared again in 2009. To date, the "Buddha's Light" has appeared in the area 7 times , the last was in July 2009. Last year, the "light" first appeared on April 14 and now exactly one year later, Buddhists and photographers alike are anticipating its appearance again.

Close up views of the Goddess Of Mercy statue


The "lights" first appeared on August 16, 2008 at 11.00am when the Goddess of Mercy statue was still under construction

The phenomenon as seen on 19th day of the 3rd month of lunar calendar last year at 10.30am

The "circles of lights" as seen on Buddha's birthday on April 14, 2009 at 10.10am

This spectacular photo was taken on May 14, 2009 at 10.30am

The phenomenon on 22nd May 2009

The "lights" as seen on the 4th day of the 6th month of lunar calendar at 11.15am last year

It last happened on July 19, 2009 at 9.23am