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Buddha performing Twin Miracles at Sravasti

Buddha performing Twin Miracles at Sravasti - - Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

“Buddha performing Twin Miracles at Sravasti” depicts Buddha with a chipped 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 from the left. This statue depicts the fire emitting from behind his shoulders and water is flowing from his toes.

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 situated in the northwestern region of Pakistan, around Peshawar.

Statues of the Buddha were not made until after the 1st century CE. For the first four hundred years after his death Buddha was represented by symbols alone such as his footprint or an empty throne or Bodhi tree. The statue was made in the 2nd or 3rd century, and although Buddha lived in the 4th century before Christ, this is an early and rare example of Buddha in human form.

The statue was carved in excellent detail. The pose, which was to become one of the several standard ones and shows Buddha as a teacher sitting on a platform or a throne and on the front of the base, there are much smaller figures   His robes feature the distinctive folds carved in well-rounded ridges and terraces that smooth out at the shoulders. The neckline is in high relief with a plunging, and a semi-circular edge that is echoed as the robe overlap his knees.


  • Title:                  Buddha performing Twin Miracles at Sravasti
  • Date:                  2nd/3rd century
  • Material:           Grey Schist, a metamorphic rock
  • Size:                   H: 78.5 cm; W: 28 cm; D: 13 cm
  • Origins:             Gandhara, Pakistan
  • Museum:          Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum


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