Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Characteristics Of Buddha Statue

The characteristics of Sang Buddha statue. Sang Buddha statue is described in the position of sitting with crossed-legs, in the form of human, and never has more than two hands.

Sang Buddha statue is always represented as having two arms. The arms are always at the front of his body with some certain positions called mudra. The expression of his face is calm and his curly hair is tied. On his forehead, there is a big point called urna and his ears are rather big and loosely hung down.

Sang Buddha statue is always in the same sitting position. The only difference is the hand position or mudra. In four different directions, the positions of Buddha’s hand are different.

Dhyani Buddha Amoghasiddhi statue. The hand position is Abhayamudra (not afraid of any danger). This statue is placed as the guardian of the north direction.

Dhyani Buddha Aksobya statue. His hand position is Bumisparsamudra (calling the Earth to be the witness). Dhyani Buddha Aksobya is placed as the guardian of the east direction.

Dhyani Buddha Amitabha statue. His hand position is Dhyanamudra (meditate or pray). Dhyani Buddha Amitabha is placed as tha guardian of the west direction.

Dhyani Buddha Ratnasambhawa. His hand position is Varamudra (giving gift or blessing). Dhyani Buddha Ratnasambhawa is placed as the guardian of the south direction.

Dhyani Buddha statue with Dharmacakramudra hand position. His hand position is rotating the Roda-Dharma (Wheel of Duty). This hand position symbolizes or describes the fi rst duty assigned by Sang Buddha.


Sooraj said...


Which direction show we face while praying Buddha Statues OR Which directions should the statues face in our Home Temple? Your suggestion and help will be highly appreciated.

Suraj Lama