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Historic documentation refers to celebrations held every year attracting numerous pilgrims and that offers were made to the monumental statues.
They were perhaps the most famous cultural landmarks of the region, and the site was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site along with the surrounding cultural landscape and archaeological remains of the Bamiyan Valley. and described Bamiyan in the Da Tang Xiyu Ji as a flourishing Buddhist center "with more than ten monasteries and more than a thousand monks".
Despite the fact that most Afghans are now Muslim, they too had embraced their past and many were appalled by the destruction.
Later, the Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb, tried to use heavy artillery to destroy the statues.
Bamyan lies on the Silk Road, which runs through the Hindu Kush mountain region, in the Bamyan Valley.
The Silk Road has been historically a caravan route linking the markets of China with those of the Western world.
This coating, practically all of which wore away long ago, was painted to enhance the expressions of the faces, hands, and folds of the robes; the larger one was painted carmine red and the smaller one was painted multiple colors.
The lower parts of the statues' arms were constructed from the same mud-straw mix supported on wooden armatures.
Because Afghanistan's Buddhist population no longer exists, and the statues were no longer worshipped, he added: "The government considers the Bamiyan statues as an example of a potential major source of income for Afghanistan from international visitors.monumental statues of Gautama Buddha carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan, 230 kilometres (140 mi) northwest of Kabul at an elevation of 2,500 metres (8,200 ft).Built in 507 CE (smaller) and 554 CE (larger), The main bodies were hewn directly from the sandstone cliffs, but details were modeled in mud mixed with straw, coated with stucco.Until it was completely conquered by the Muslim Saffarids in the 9th century, Bamiyan shared the culture of Gandhara.The two most prominent statues were the giant standing sculptures of Buddhas Vairocana and Sakyamuni, identified by the different mudras performed.
The Buddha popularly called "Solsol" measured 53 meters tall, and "Shahmama" 35 meters—the niches in which the figures stood are 58 and 38 meters respectively from bottom to top. Since then the Statue of unity has been built in India, and at 182 m (597 ft) it is the tallest statue in the world, breaking the record earlier held by The Spring Temple Buddha 128 m (420 ft) in Fodushan Scenic Area, Lushan County, Henan, China.