The Buddha idol, reportedly made of bronze, is said to have been built under the influence of Myanmar's pagan art
The Buddha idol at the Rajguru Buddhist monastery in Bandarban dates back 800 years, say archaeological experts.
Situated at the main Buddhist monastery of Buddhist followers in the Bandarban district town, the idol was built between the 12th and 15th centuries.
Bandarban Hill District Council Chairman Kyaw Shwe Hla confirmed the information at a press conference on Wednesday.
A team led by Mohammad Ataur Rahman Rahman, working from August 15 to August 17, collected samples to determine the age of the idol, and also checked to determine if it is made of gold.
The Buddha idol, reportedly made of bronze, is said to have been built under the influence of Myanmar's pagan art.
According to sources from Bihar, the idol was brought to Bandarban from the neighbouring Arakan in Myanmar by King Sanaino of the 9th Bomang circle.
"There are only three idols in Bangladesh such as the one at the Rajguru Buddhist monastery in Bandarban. Now that we know it is 800 years old, many will come to see the idol,” said Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council member KS Mong.