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Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is a Buddhist temple and museum complex built to house the tooth relic of the historical Buddha. It is claimed that the relic of Buddha was found in 1980 in a collapsed stupa in Myanmar.

Highlights of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

Tour of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

  • Meditating Buddha Shakyamuni
    • Meditating Buddha Shakyamuni shows Buddha with a chipped halo behind his head in the meditation pose with his right hand in his left palm, both facing upwards. His legs are crossed, and the feet are resting upturned on the thighs in a traditional posture. He is dedicated with long earlobes and wavy hair, and he has a conventional mark between his eyebrows. The Buddha was an ascetic and sage, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He lived and taught mostly in the eastern part of ancient India sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE. Gautama Buddha is also known as Siddhārtha Gautama or Shakyamuni Buddha.

      This statue of the Buddha comes from ancient Gandhara in modern-day Pakistan. Like other Gandharan or Greco-Buddhist art, the sculpture shows influence from Ancient Greek sculptural art. Gandhara had been part of the Greco-Bactrian Kingdom established by Alexander the Great. Gandhāra was an ancient Indic kingdom in the northwestern region of Pakistan, around Peshawar.

  • Buddha performing Twin Miracles at Sravasti
    • “Buddha performing Twin Miracles at Sravasti” depicts Buddha with a halo behind his head, long earlobes, and wavy hair. The Buddha is depicted performing the Twin Miracle, also called the Miracle at Sravasti. It is one of the Miracles of Gautama Buddha and was enacted seven years after his enlightenment, in the location of Sravasti. The Buddha was an ascetic and sage, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He lived and taught mostly in the eastern part of ancient India sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE.

      The miracle occurred during a contest with heretics, who were attempting to perform their miracles. The Buddha perform the miracle that no one else could achieve. He emitted flames from the upper part of his body and a stream of water from the lower, and then again in reverse. Flames of fire and streams of water also proceeded alternatively from the right side of his body and the left. This statue depicts the fire emitting from behind his shoulders and water is flowing from his toes.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

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