Hi guys, hope you are doing well. It’s been a long time since my last article. Today I’m going to take you to a very special statue of Lord Buddha. It is the Samadhi Buddha Statue situated in Anuradhapura. Samadhi Buddha Statue is situated so close to Abhayagiri Stupa in ‘Mahamewna Uyana’ (Uyana means park). It is the same Mahamewna Uyana where Isurumuniya, Thuparamaya, Ruwanweli Seya, Abhayagiriya, Mirisawetiya, Jethawanaramaya, Sri Maha Bodhi, Maha Viharaya, Lowamahapaya and many other ancient Buddhist temples and stupa situated.
There are many postures in statues of Lord Buddha. Samadhi Buddha Statue is in Dhyana Mudra, which is the posture of meditation. The word ‘Samadhi’ is a Buddhist religious word which refers to the state of mind when it is totally controlled and settled. That is how the Lord Buddha became ‘enlightened’.
About Samadhi Buddha Statue
The statue is 8 feet high and it is made of single granite stone. This invaluable sculpture shows the immense ability and creativity of ancient people in Sri Lanka. They were totally succeeded in showing the tranquillity of the mind of Lord Buddha by the facial expressions. It expresses the comfort which can be gained by being free from bonds. Hence it has become a major tourist attraction in Anuradhapura for both foreign and local travellers.
There is no any evidence to justify when this statue was created. But it is estimated to be done during the 3rd or 4th century.
The statue was found in 1886 at the same place fallen to the ground. The nose of the statue was damaged and reconstructed. Sadly, it hasn’t done well and the difference is clearly visible. The statue rest on a brick stage and a cover is built around it to protect the statue. It is an unavoidable fact that the conservation could have done more neatly and aesthetically. Anyhow the Samadhi Buddha Statue itself is a comfort to the eyes.
There is a notion that there were four statues here facing the four directions. There is one another ruined statue remaining here. And it supports the said notion.
How to Reach…?
This is a must visit place in Anuradhapura. Here is the exact location of the Samadhi Buddha Statue.
Parking spaces are available is you are concerned. Further, there are a few shops which you can buy foods or beverages and souvenirs.
So, that is about Samadhi Buddha Statue. Make sure to visit this place if you ever visit Anuradhapura. Let me know if you any more to get clarified.