Fully Gilded Shakyamuni Buddha Statue
Our gold gilded Shakyamuni Buddha statue is a classic. The statue tells about the origins of Buddhism. First, the Bhumisparsha mudra depicts the moment that the Buddha vanquished the demon and obtained enlightenment.
Additionally, on the back of the single lotus pedestal are the engravings of 2 deer and the Dharmachakra. These depictions pay tribute to the Buddha’s first sermon which occurred at the deer park in Sarnath. At that time the “Wheel of Dharma” was put in motion.
The Bhumisparsha mudra is also known as “calling the earth to witness”. This is because when the Buddha was on the verge of enlightenment he was tempted by a demon known as Mara. Mara was ultimately unsuccessful however the Buddha still had to fight off the temptation. The treasure and beautiful women were not enough to dissuade the Buddha and he obtained enlightenment.
The earth touching gesture is a gesture of triumph. As a result of Mara’s defeat the Buddha called on the Earth Goddess to witness his victory.
Shakyamuni Buddha was born in the 6th century BCE. He was born as a Prince in the Shakya Kingdom known as Siddhartha Gautama. As a result, Shakyamuni Buddha statues usually portray him wearing the Ushnisha. This is because it was a common head dress worn by Hindu royalty. However, after Prince Siddhartha renounced his kingdom it is believed that he no longer wore it.
3 Neck Lines
These three neck lines were also a sign of beauty and prestige in ancient India. So in that sense they are similar to the Ushnisha. However, they also draw attention to the Buddha’s throat. As a result, it is a symbol that acknowledges the melodious nature of the Buddha’s voice. Additionally, it symbolizes the harmony and the endless knowledge contained in the Dharma teachings.