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Introduction to Buddha Statues

The history of Buddha and Buddhism is not unknown to anybody around the world. Since the birth of Buddha to the death of Buddha and attaining Nirvana, everybody must have read about it in the history books or elsewhere. Coming to a topic, Gautama Buddha never preached his followers about himself being a God or idolizing him. It was people or the followers of Buddha, after hundreds of years of his death, who preferred to idolize and worship him.

There is not any registered date of the first Buddha statue built but according to some researches we are known that Gandhara Buddha statue, located in the northern Pakistan and northeastern Afghanistan, is one of the ancient Buddha statue.

Antique standing Buddha statue
many Buddha statues in gallery

Value of a Buddha Statue

In 21st Century, Buddhism falls among one of the popular religion. What makes Buddhism so special and popular among the people of Asia and West?

All of the people around the world doesn’t consider it to be a Religion, but there are plenty of people who practice Buddhism because it is a way of life, a philosophy. Though the debate of Buddhism being a religion or philosophy is never going to end, we are not here to discuss what is it – Philosophy or Religion?

Buddha statues

In today’s world, Buddhism is practiced mostly because it is considered to be an act of Meditation. People buy Buddha statues to practice meditation because it is considered as to be a source of inspiration. People claim that a Buddha statue can be helpful to mind purification, calmness in the surrounding and also may be helpful to overcome the negativity in oneself.

But there are a lot of people who buy Buddha statues for decoration purpose. To a person who prefers Buddhism as a religion, it may be annoying to see people buying Buddha statues just to use it as a decorative item.

Meanings of different types of Buddha Statues

We can see many different styles of Buddha statues in Buddha store. Some of the statues are seated, some are standing and a few are in reclining position. Each of the posture or gesture of a statue has its own meaning. Different types of Buddha statue we often see can be listed as:

  1. Sitting Buddha
  2. Standing Buddha
  3. Walking Buddha
  4. Reclining Buddha
  5. Laughing Buddha
Meaning Of Buddha Statue

Along with these styles of Buddha, we have often seen Buddha statues with different hand gestures such as:

  1. Abhaya Mudra
  2. Bhumisparsha Mudra
  3. Dharmachakra Mudra
  4. Dhayana Mudra
  5. Varada Mudra
  6. Vitarka Mudra
  7. Namaskara Mudra

Each of the styles and gestures of a Buddha statue has significant meaning with Buddha’s life; from his birth to death and in between. There might be around 100 of other gestures or mudras which may also have significant meaning as per his life events.

There are so many famous Buddha statues in this world. When we look at those statues, we see Buddha in different or similar gestures. Let us see some of the famous statues from all over the world.

Famous Buddha Statues around the world

Some of the famous Buddha statues in this world are listed below:

  1. Leshan Giant Buddha
  2. Tian Tian Buddha
  3. Spring Temple Buddha
  4. Buddhas of Bamiyan
  5. Grand Buddha at Ling Shan
  6. Buddha Dordenma Statue
  7. Avukana Buddha Statue
  8. Buddha Park
  9. Maitreya Project
  10. Maligawila Buddha Statue
  11. Buduruvagala
  12. Gifu Great Buddha
  13. Sala Keoku
  14. Kamagaya Great Buddha
  15. Hussain Sagar Buddha Statue
  16. Monywa Buddhas
  17. Ayutthaya Buddha Head
  18. Gal Viharaya
  19. Ushiku Daibutsu
  20. Temple of the Reclining Buddha
  21. Great Buddha of Kamakura
  22. Temple of the Emerald Buddha

This list of Buddha statue has been found from different sources from internet. The list may not have all famous Buddha statues, but these 22 Buddha statues are definitely fall among the famous Buddha statues around the world.