Saturday, January 2, 2021

Second Samadhi Statue and Bodhigharaya II

Second Samadhi Statue and Bodhigharaya II
Bodhi-tree Shrine II, Abhayagiriya (incorrectly but popularly identified as the Second Samadhi Buddha Statue) is a Bodhigharaya (a Bodhi-tree shrine) located in the premises of Abhayagiri Monastery in Anuradhapura District, Sri Lanka.

A Buddha statue with broken hands is found in this Bodhigharaya. Evidence is not there to identify this statue as a Samadhi image (Wikramagamage, 2004). The hands of it, which are now missing, maybe in the Vitarka Mudra (argumentation gesture) as in the Pankuliya Buddha Statue (Jayasuriya, 2016). The style of execution suggests that this statue belongs to the period between the 6-8 centuries A.D.

Second Samadhi Statue and Bodhigharaya II Second Samadhi Statue and Bodhigharaya II .
References
1) Jayasuriya, E., 2016. A guide to the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka. Central Cultural Fund. ISBN: 978-955-613-312-7. p.57.
2) Wikramagamage, C., 2004. Heritage of Rajarata: Major natural, cultural, and historic sites. Colombo. Central Bank of Sri Lanka. pp.100-101.

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