Cambodian carvings of Lord Buddha sheltered by Muchalinda

Antique Finish Muchalinda Meditating Buddha Statue

Antique Finish Khmer Muchalinda Buddha Statue

Antique Wood Earth Touching Muchalinda Buddha Statue

Antique Muchalinda Naga Protection Buddha Statue

Golden Meditating Muchalinda Buddha Statue

These Cambodian carvings of Lord Buddha sheltered by Muchalinda, the serpent king, have serene expressions and well proportioned facial features. While Muchalinda is present in a number of accounts of the Buddha’s life, this depiction corresponds with an episode following the Buddha’s attainment of nirvana.

While residing in the bliss of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, heavy rains brought by the monsoon were threatening to disturb the Buddha’s meditation. Stirring from his abode at the base of the tree, Muchalinda coiled himself around Lord Buddha for seven days to shield him from the raging elements of the storm. Once the storm passed, the serpent king assumed his human form, bowed before Lord Buddha and returned to his palace. Thereafter, Muchalinda was considered the Buddha’s protector and was designated by the Enlightened One as the guardian of mantras and sacred texts. Statues symbolizing this episode of the life of Lord Buddha were omnipresent in the Angkor region of Cambodia.

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