The majestic Samadhi Buddha statue is situated in Mahamewna park in Anuradhapura. This is a very sacred statue and a famous tourist site. This statue depicts Buddha in the position named Dhyana Mudra. It is the posture of meditation that is associated with his first Enlightenment which is also named Nirvana.
Samadhi Buddha statue is said to be constructed in the 3rd or the 4th century. It is made out of dolomite marble and has a height of 7 feet 3 inches which is 2.21 meters. Somehow in 1886 this statue was found fallen to the ground with damages to the nose. It was rebuilt and the nose was reconstructed. But once again in 1914, it was found damaged by treasure hunters, and then it was reconstructed again.
The name Samadhi could have been derived from Buddha’s Enlightenment or some other phenomenon it is dependant on the belief of the sculpturer. In the position named Dhyana Mudra, Buddha sits cross-legged with his upturned palms placed one over the other on his lap. This position is known all over the world among the Buddhist community. Thus it is one of the most typical pieces of Buddhist sculpture. You shouldn’t confuse it with the almost similar “Earth-Touching Mudra,”. It depicts the action of Buddha to fend off the illusions projected by Mara, who was desperate to prevent Buddha from realizing that the entire world is an illusion.
Go on McCallum Road. Continue straight onto Colombo – Katunayake Expressway and take the Ja-Ela exit. Turn left onto Ja Ela-Ekala Highway and turn right onto Kurunegala Road.
Turn left at Kalugamuwa Junction onto Kalugamuwa-Wariyapola Road then go straight past Kurunegala Junction onto Mihindu Mawatha. You have to take the 2nd exit onto Thuparama Mawatha and turn left onto Sangamiththa Mawatha.
Turn left onto Watawandana Road and the destination will be on your right.
Go on Sangabo Mawatha and turn left onto D S Senanayake Mawatha. Turn right onto Puttalam- Trincomalee Highway and turn right at Kurunegala Junction onto Mihindu Mawatha.
You have to take a turn right onto Thuparama Mawatha and turn left onto Sangamiththa Mawatha. Turn left onto Watawandana Road and the destination will be on your right.
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