Please enjoy our new multicolored Shakyamuni Buddha statue. Shakyamuni was the original Buddha of our time and he is the fountainhead of all the schools of Buddhism. However, there are some broad differences of opinion amongst in Buddhist schools. The main difference is that some schools are more progressive and others adhere to the original thinking of the Buddha.
Buddhist sculpture is no different and some artisans specialize in a more progressive style. Such is the case with the multicolored design of our Shakyamuni Buddha statue. As a result, the most venerable and original Buddha statue is uniquely designed.
Shakyamuni is seated on a double lotus pedestal depicting the Bhumisparsha mudra. Also known as the “earth touching mudra”, this is the first Buddhist mudra ever used. This is because Shakyamuni is the first Buddha of our time. As the Buddha was on the verge of enlightenment, the Bhumisparsha mudra was used call the earth to witness his supreme accomplishment. Therefore, the vanquishment of the defilements and the end of suffering was witnessed and the demons were permanently extinguished.
Ushnisha Topknot – the ushnisha was an adornment that was worn by Hindu royalty and upper class citizens in ancient India. The topknot is a three dimensional oval placed on top of the head. Since the Buddha was born as a prince he would have worn this adornment during his earthly existence.
Elongated ears – Another common adornment worn by the upper class in ancient India was discs that were used as ear adornments. As a result, when Prince Siddhartha (Shakyamuni) renounced his inheritance he would have removed the discs and his earlobes would have remained elongated.