Thai Buddha Images : Gestures and Postures of the Buddha. Buddha images of different historic periods in Thailand.

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Characteristics and Postures of the Buddha
Sitting Buddhas
Reclining Buddhas
Seven Days of the Buddha

Hand Gestures :
The Six Main Mudras
Dhyana Mudra
Bhumisparsha Mudra
Abhaya Mudra
Vitarka Mudra
Varada Mudra

Historical Periods :
Chiang Saen - Lanna
U Thong

Historical Notes :



Temples in Thailand :
Wat Pho
Wat Benchamabophit  

Buddha Images at :
Pathom Chedi
Wat Benchamabophit   
Introduction to Buddhism in Thailand

The 10 Jatakas (lives of the Buddha) as depicted in Thai mural Temple paintings


Phra Pathom Chedi : Buddha Images (9)


Buddha Calling for Rain
Calling for rain
The right hand is in Vitarka Mudra, while the left hand is ready as if to receive a donation. Often depicted with Gandhara style drapery as clothing. Also sitting variant.


Buddha Calling for Rain
Calling for rain


Buddha Bathing in the Rain
Bathing in the rain
The Buddha splashes rain water on his body with his right hand.
During a drought in Kosala, Sravasti, the people asked for the Buddha's assistance. When seeing the withered rice, the Buddha asked for a bathing robe. When proceeding to the pond, the skies opened and rain fell upon the earth. The Buddha bathed in the falling rain.


Buddha Pointing to a Corpse
Pointing to a corpse
The Buddha kept a corpse from being cremated for 3 days. This to make the people around to reflect on the temporary state of all living beings.


Buddha Pointing to Mara
Pointing to Mara
Left arm is alongside the body. The right arm is bended at the elbow, with the palm outward and the index finder pointing upward.
While visiting someone who died recently, the Buddha pointed to Mara, who was looking around in the clouds to catch the spirit of the deceased, all in vain.


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