Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world. Though originated in eastern part of India after Siddhartha Gautama, the young Indian Prince attained enlightenment following his meditation, it spread to Asia and later to other parts of the world, Surprisingly, the following has dwindled in India substantially but continues significantly in many Asian and other countries.
Philosophy of Buddha is still relevant to this world for maintaining peace and harmony. Statues of Buddha have been placed in monasteries for worshiping. Also, many statues of Buddha have been placed in parks and public places as a mark of respect. The recent attempts have resulted in placing quite spectacular statues of Buddha in different part of the world.
This Hub presents 10 splendid statues in as many countries.
I will start with Bodhgaya, the place of enlightenment of Buddha in India. This will be followed by statues one each from the following countries:
Japan, Mongolia, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and South Korea. The statue shown in the intro image is from Myanmar and is in addition to the 10 magnificent statues.
#1. Śākyamuni Buddha, Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya, Bihar, India
Mahabodhi Temple in Gaya district of Bihar State in India marks the location where Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment after meditating under a peepul tree about two thousand five hundred years ago. A structure entirely in bricks dating back to fifth to seventh century AD (Exact date not known) is now declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is a gilded sitting statue of Buddha in 'touching the ground' Mudra.
#2. Sleeping Buddha at Anao-ji Temple, Japan
Reclining Buddha with a blanket and lotus shaped pillow under head is located inside the famous Anao-ji Temple in Japan. It is famous on two counts. Firstly, on January 3rd, Fukutabae is held at this temple. In this good luck event monks throw cards from the roof top of the Temple. These cards can bring happiness. If one is lucky to catch red coloured card then it is considered to bring good luck. Those who catch three pieces are ensured lifetime happiness and wealth.
Secondly, the touch of the paining part of the body with statue of Buddha brings in relief from the ailment.
#3. Avalokiteśvara, Buddha at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Gandan Monastery at Ulan Bator in Mongolia has a unique 26.5 feet high statue of Buddha called Migjid Janraisig and is known to be the tallest indoor statue. Having escaped destruction in 30s due to socialistic political change, it was closed but reopened in 1944. The Lord here is looking in every direction and has many precious stones around.
#4. Leshan Giant Buddha, China
The uniqueness lies in the size and its location. World's largest statue of Buddha in stone, 71 meters high and 28 meters wide, Giant Maitreya Buddha is in a sitting posture with both hands on the knees and it has been carved out of a cliff near the city of Leshan. There is a river flowing below the feet.
#5. Big Buddha at Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Erected in 1993, the Big Buddha or Tian Tan Buddha is a huge bronze statue reported to be sitting the same way as Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree. Po Lin Monastery got a big boost after erection of 34 meters high impressive structure on a lotus-shaped throne. Facing Mainland China a visitor has to climb up 268 steps to see and appreciate the magnificence of this enormous statue.
#6. Golden Buddha statue at Wat Traimit, Bangkok, Thailand
Temple of Wat Traimit at Bangkok has a unique statue of Buddha, known as the largest solid gold statue in the world weighing nearly five and a half tons. This spectacular statue with reflective surface stands quite bright and it was moved to a building called Phra Maha Mondop in 2010. There is a museum where visitors can get the story of Golden Buddha and a proper dress during visit is considered a sign of respect.
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#7. Buddha Statue at Van Hanh Zen Temple, Vietnam
Located at Van Hanh Zen Monastery at Da Lat, a 24 meter high and 20 meter wide Golden statue of Sakyamuni Buddha with a lotus in his right hand is the main attraction for tourists. The Pagoda behind exhibits specific characteristics of Buddhist architecture.
#8. Dambulla Cave Temple, Sri Lanka
Dambulla in Sri Lanka is full of caves and five of these have many olden era statues and paintings related to Buddha. A well preserved World Heritage Site, Golden Temple here is the largest cave temple in Sri Lanka and it serves as the main access to the Royal Rock Temple.
#9. Amitabha Buddha in Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Taiwan
Placed in the biggest Fo Guang Shan Monastery in Taiwan is an over 36 meter high statue of Buddha. Special noteworthy is the position of hands in this statue. The right hand symbolises guidance and the lowered position of left hand is for receiving. This tall standing statue of Buddha is surrounded by 480 smaller Buddha statues and the Monastery has come up as a great educational centre.
#10. Nirvana Statue of Buddha, Manbulsa, South Korea
The Nirvana statue located at Manbulsa is about 15 metres long and 4.5 high brass statue in the Manbul mountains. Manbulsa is a Temple of 10 thousand Buddhas including many statues of Baby Buddhas with hats on their heads and lanterns.
The above two images are the beautiful head and ornamental feet to depict the magnificence of this Statue. Special meaning is attached to Buddha's feet and It s believed that rubbing the feet brings good luck.
Your views about Buddha Statues
Sukhdev Shukla (author) from Dehra Dun, India on January 01, 2014:
KenWu, Buddha's statue have always energy which you carry with you after visiting them. I am glad you visited a huge one in Hong Kong and this will continue in your memory for long. Thanks for visiting. Wish you a Happy New Year, 2014.
KenWu from Malaysia on January 01, 2014:
These are awesome places to wish. I've only visited the Lantau Island, Hong Kong so far. It was so huge that many hong kong movies have included it into their scenes.
Sukhdev Shukla (author) from Dehra Dun, India on October 07, 2013:
Robbie MIllier, I am glad the Hub may trigger you to visit some of these. Thanks for stopping by.
Robbie MIllier on October 06, 2013:
Amazing - thanks for this. Makes me want to travel!
Sukhdev Shukla (author) from Dehra Dun, India on July 29, 2013:
Thanks VKP , I am glad you liked it. Have a nice day!
Sukhdev Shukla (author) from Dehra Dun, India on June 10, 2013:
Hi, Audrey, Thanks for visiting the Hub and narrating your experience about Hong Kong. Climbing up must be a great experience and mostly it ends up with some peace of mind. I am sure the one at Hong Kong must be a great view on sunrise or sunset and many people might be staying or reaching early to catch that moment. Glad to find you on HubPages. Have a nice time!
Audrey on June 10, 2013:
The one in Hong Kong is a long climb up the stairs. Been there a few times but only once did I make the effort to climb up those stairs and that was years ago. But it is indeed a stunning statue and I have heard that the sun rises (or is it sets?) behind it so that it is like being enveloped in glowing light at certain time of the day.
Sukhdev Shukla (author) from Dehra Dun, India on May 26, 2013:
Mel Carriere, Thanks for visiting my Hub on statues of Buddha. It is a matter of satisfaction that the philosophy of Buddha lives on even today and in this materialistic world still many people are fascinated by it. I am glad you liked some of the statues. Have a nice day.
Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on May 26, 2013:
I am not a Buddhist, but I am nonetheless fascinated by religious history, and I certainly respect other people's religions, as long as they are praying for the right things. I was particularly fascinated by the Mahabodhi Buddha because, although not the most beautiful of these statues, I think it has the most historical significance. Thanks for the information and beautiful photos.
Sukhdev Shukla (author) from Dehra Dun, India on April 24, 2013:
sunilkunnoth2012, Thanks for stopping by my Hub on Statues of Buddha. I am glad you liked the photos. Have a great day.
Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on April 24, 2013:
Excellent article with fantastic photos. You have done it well. Thank you for sharing your knowledge here.
Sukhdev Shukla (author) from Dehra Dun, India on March 29, 2013:
Thansk radhikasree. I appreciate and it is an encouragement.
Radhika Sreekanth from Mumbai,India on March 29, 2013:
These statues have the charm of a spiritually enlightened Yogi. Sri Buddha's face itself reveals that his doctrines are that of the supreme power of this universe. Voted up, beautiful and awesome!
Sharing with my friends here.
Sukhdev Shukla (author) from Dehra Dun, India on March 26, 2013:
Ruchira, it is interesting to watch each of them and get a new energy. Thanks for visiting.
Ruchira from United States on March 26, 2013:
wow...i had no clue that there were so many of them. Would love to visit at least one of them...the pix are awesome!
voted up as useful hub
Sukhdev Shukla (author) from Dehra Dun, India on March 18, 2013:
Actually there are many more. I may add some at later stage. Thanks for visiting.
Deonne Anderson from Florence, SC on March 18, 2013:
Magnificent photos of the Buddha!
A story of the Buddha in pictures. I am especially impressed with the solid gold statue in Bangkok. Five and one-half tons! The Buddha at the Mohabodhi Temple in India on the spot where the Buddha attained enlightenment is also impressive. I would like to visit all of the sites.
Sukhdev Shukla (author) from Dehra Dun, India on March 17, 2013:
Thanks, sukkran. It encourages me to do better.
Mohideen Basha from TRICHY, TAMIL NADU, INDIA. on March 17, 2013:
stunning pictures and great information on lovely buddha statues. very much enjoyed your hub.