The Buddha statues, also referred to as Buddharupa, are among the most fascinating carvings due to their massive sizes. Lord Buddha and his studies on Buddhism made a great contribution to the world of art by producing various Buddha statues. These statues are major tourist attraction sites. These Buddha statues share several characteristics in that they have proportionally elongated fingers and toes, broad shoulders, head protuberance, long aquiline nose and elongated earlobes. Listed below are some of the most mesmerizing Buddha statues.
Leshan Giant Buddha
The Leshan Buddha statue is found in Sichuan, China. This gigantic statue was curved out of cliff face. The construction of this Buddha statue was begun during the era of Tang dynasty in the year 713 and ended in the year 803. The Leshan Giant statue is a figure of Maitreya which was represented traditionally in a sitting posture. It has a height of 71 m, with its fingers being 3m long on each of its huge resting hands.
Temple of Emerald Buddha
The statue is one of Bangkok’s Buddhist temples which is found within the grounds of the grand palace. Its construction was carried out in the city of Pataliputra, India in the year 43 BC. The statue stayed there for about 300 years after which the Buddhist monks took it to Sri Lanka during the 4th century AD to prevent it from destruction during the war. The statue was further moved to Thailand and later on to Wat Phra Kaew in the year 1779. This Temple statue is one of the most famous statues with three sets of gold clothing that is changed in a grand ceremony at the changing of seasons by the king of Thailand.
Great Buddha of Kamakura
The statue is cast in bronze and is located in the city of Kamakura, Japan. It is believed to have been cast by a Buddhist called Monk Joko who used donations to build it in 1232. The statue, which was originally housed in a small wooden temple, is now found in open air since a tsunami swept away the temple in the 15th century. It acts as a colossal outdoor representation of Amida Buddha with a height of 13m and a weight of 93 tons.
Temple of the Reclining Buddha
It is one of the largest temples found in Wat Pho, Bangkok. It was built about 200 years ago in commemoration of the passing of the Buddha into Nirvana. One of its distinct features is the decoration of its eyes and feet with engraved mother pearl and the display of the 108 auspicious characteristics on the soles of the feet. Its length is 46m and the height, 15m.
Ushiku Daibutsu Buddha
Ushiku Daibutsu Buddha, also called Ushiku Arcadia is one of the tallest statues in the world with a height of 120m, including the base and the lotus platform which are both 10m tall. The statue is made of bronze and depicts Amitabha Buddha. Ushiku Buddha is found in Ushiku, japan and its construction was completed in 1995.