This peaceful Buddha is depicted in the earth touching gesture, bhumyakramana mudra also known as “calling the earth to witness”. This mudra represents the moment when the Buddha, seated in meditation under the Bodhi Tree on the eve of enlightenment, is challenged by Mara (the Evil One) to prove that he had given alms. At that point the Buddha touched the ground with his right hand, asking the earth to bear witness to his good deeds in previous existences. In response the earth quaked, causing Mara and his hosts to flee. This mudra may also be referred to as maravijaya meaning “victory over Mara.”
This wood sculpture was entirely hand carved by the very talented artists of Cambodia. Every piece is truly unique!