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The Buddha Goddess at Sellicks Hill

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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
Published May 18th 2015
Beautiful and Serene
Sellicks Hill is now home to a giant Buddha Goddess on the hill. Many curious onlookers have been observing the building and unveiling of this statue. The response overall so far has been positive. The statue has the image of a female in a serene pose not the expected rotund, bald male Buddha.

The Buddha Goddess at Sellicks Hill - Photo Jenny Esots
The Buddha Goddess at Sellicks Hill - Photo Jenny Esots


Far from dominating the skyline, it seems to present an image of peacefulness among the hills. The statue is set down from the road overlooking the coast.

The Buddha Goddess at Sellicks Hill - Photo Jenny Esots
The Buddha Goddess at Sellicks Hill - Photo Jenny Esots


The statue arrived in 23 shipping containers from China in late December, which is part of a $15 million religious retreat by the Nan Hai Pu Tuo Temple of Australia Inc. The statue is reported to have cost one million dollars. It forms part of a retreat on Cactus Canyon Rd. which will also include a 35m high pagoda, a temple and Chinese gardens.

The Buddha Goddess at Sellicks Hill - Photo Jenny Esots
The Buddha Goddess at Sellicks Hill - Photo Jenny Esots


Nan Hai Pu Tuo Temple of Australia spokesman Lee Chew has said the statue represents the goddess of mercy, which would bring "peace, harmony, prosperity and wealth to SA". The retreat is sure to develop further with real potential for many more visitors to this site and the area. Whatever else viewers may think, she is one big lady!

Magpie perched high on top of the Buddha Goddess  Photo Jenny Esots
Magpie perched high on top of the Buddha Goddess Photo Jenny Esots
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Why? Beautiful and Serene
Where: Cactus Canyon Rd, Sellicks Hill
Cost: Free to view
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Fantastic! I can't wait to see this! A Facebook friend of mine has taken some photos from a drone - they are fabulous!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3229) 1429 days ago
The Goddess of Mercy or Guan Yin should be the correct name.
Not Buddha Goddess, thank you.
by Ling (score: 1|40) 1433 days ago
She is amazing! Makes me smile every time I drive past - Love her!
Heather
by stay (score: 0|2) 1431 days ago
Excellent day out. Lovely to walk around, stunning views and what a wonderful retreat it will be. The granite statue looks huge and imposing but will blend in beautifully as the surroundings get more established. We will visit again in 6 months, can't wait to see the further developments. Great tourist attraction
Judith Lamb
by ozzyj (score: 0|2) 1205 days ago
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