Lord Buddha is an epitome of sacrifice, generosity and enlightenment; he started the religion Buddhism, which is now revered popularly in major parts of the country. Shakyamuni Buddha was born as a prince but he left all his riches and other materialistic desires to explore his inner self and true wisdom. He sits here in padmasana holding the begging bowl in his left hand identifying him to be the head of the order and right hand is placed on his right knee with the palm facing upwards in Varada mudra. The five extended fingers in Varada mudra represent the five perfections of generosity, morality, patience, effort and concentration. Buddha in this posture stands for compassion and charity towards his devotees.
This brass sculpture is donned in a smoky black hue that accentuates its traditionality and antiqueness. Buddha is garbed in a similar self-patterned long robe that collects beautifully near his legs and is decorated with chisels of big flower patches; the dull golden border enhances the glow of the sculpture. Have a look at the sharp facial features of a long-pointed nose, scored eyes and high eyebrows and delicate smiling lips. The dot on his forehead represents the third eye of wisdom with the long earlobes and tiny hairs symbolic of tiny snails coiled on his head to protect him from all weather conditions. The beautiful golden crown at the top of Buddha’s head is ushnisha, representing a gathering of his wavy and voluminous hair.