A few months ago I rewarded myself with a cultural trip to Karnataka as we all know that Karnataka is well recognized for the majestic and impressive temples and Buddha Statues in Bangalore. Each and every temple is composed of immensely beautiful carved edifices with specialized detailing on every single segment of it.
The main intention behind this visit was to witness and amaze me with the mesmerizing huge figure of Lord Shiva in Murudeshwara Temple. But unfortunately due to some sudden occurrences of recurring assignments I have to delay the plannings to tour a few of the beautiful temples in Karnataka.
But as a traveler, I can’t keep myself away from exploring new places around my reach. This call grounded me in Bangalore for two days and I decided to tour all the beautiful Buddha temples and witness Buddha Statues in Bangalore. I believe in Buddha Teachings and the thoughts he bestowed to surmount fear and enlighten self.
This attachment constantly attracts me to behold the artistic Buddha Statues and Mudras designed by carvers of different regions and provokes me to explore the story behind them. Here I’m listing a few of the wonderful places and the Buddha Statues in Bangalore which made me feel enlightened during my stay there. This article not only holds the places in Bangalore but also the nearby areas to witness the divine Buddha statues.
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BEST PLACES TO EXPLORE BUDDHA STATUES IN BANGALORE
- Maha Bodhi Society Temple.
- Mahabodhi Meditation Centre, Dhammaduta Vihar.
- International Buddhist Seminary, Bangalore.
- Namdroling Monastery Golden Temple.
- Gommateswara Statue (Bahubali Statue).
MAHA BODHI SOCIETY TEMPLE.
Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore, is a Buddhist Charitable Organization settled in 1956 by the Most Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita with the main purpose of putting into practice the teachings of Buddha through meditation, selfless service, bestowing education, serving the sick and needy people. Moral upliftment, psychic purity, and deeper wisdom are the basis for all these great causes.
Conclusively a healthy society is represented by how serene and peaceful the people are. The Maha Bodhi Society aims to achieve that goal collectively in collaboration with like-minded people, organizations, and government. This impressed me and I chose to visit first for accomplishing my goal to see the Buddha Statues in Bangalore.
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MAHABODHI MEDITATION CENTRE DHAMMADUTA VIHARA.
It’s a famous place I visited, where you can find peace, happiness, and contentment. Here people come to know more about the divine life of Buddha. People visit this place to understand the correct awareness of life enlightened by Buddha. The fundamental teachings are described and embraced by the people here.
They teach about the ways of practicing Dhamma in daily life for peaceful living to succeed negativities like depression, anger, worry, tension, greed, stress, bad behavior, and relationships, etc, and develop noble qualities in the mind like love, compassion, patience, understanding, forgiving, relaxation, harmony, joy, and open-heartedness. They also teach us to deal with one’s own mind and developing it towards wisdom. So, it’s a place to bring in peace and believing in self.
Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore, established and expanded by the Most Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita Bada Bhanteji, is engaged for the last 64 years in granting the valuable teachings of the Buddha to one and all. It has initiated many activities to generate the Dhamma to the maximum numbers of people, both in India and abroad. One of its ventures is the Mahabodhi Meditation Center at Dhammaduta Buddha Vihara, a place for moral and spiritual training, located in the outskirts of Bangalore. Besides studying meditation, the practitioners will also get the opportunity to learn the basics of Dhamma.
INTERNATIONAL BUDDHIST SEMINARY, BANGALORE.
If you are looking for a place with some stillness and real peace then this is the spot you must visit in Bengaluru. This place consists of lots of Divine Buddha Statues in different Mudras. People prefer this place for meditations and other ceremonies like marriage, child naming customs, and all. Most of all it’s a steal for peace-loving people.
You can witness various Buddha Statues but the most attractive and serene is the golden Buddha Statue settled in the middle of the platform made in the prayer room. The backside of the statue is covered with decorative carvings of preachers and Buddhist followers, which constantly enhances the look of the statue installed in the middle. This one is my favorite among all Buddha Statues in Bangalore.
The Buddha Statue is in Bhumisparsha Mudra, this gesture is also known as “touching the Earth” which represents the moment of the Buddha’s awakening as he claims the earth as the witness of his enlightenment. It is performed with the help of the right hand, which is held above the right knee, reaching toward the ground with the palm inward while touching the lotus throne. When the Buddha became enlightened, he touched the earth with this mudra during his meditation. The earth was touched and witnessed the awakening.
NAMDROLING MONASTERY GOLDEN TEMPLE.
Namdroling Monastery is a five-hour drive from Bangalore and a beautiful place to visit on weekends. Namdroling Monastery is a popular religious center and also amongst the best place in Coorg. This place is amongst Mysore’s largest educational stations where you learn every aspect of Tibetan Buddhism. Amongst locals, this shrine is popular as the Golden Temple. The structure of Namdroling Monastery is as attractive as its religious importance.
You will behold some finest quality architectural and artwork styles. The beauty of the temple tower combines flawlessly with the elegant outer walls. Finally, there are beautiful murals to add the finishing touch. The temple consists of three captivating golden Buddha statues, namely of Buddha, Padmasambhava, and Amitayus. Each statue is about the height of 40 feet. Every part of the temple represents beautiful designs. It is said to be the largest teaching center Nyingmapa which is a prime lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. This beautiful place is not exactly coming under the Buddha Statues in Bangalore, but it’s worth adding to the list.
GOMMATESHWARA STATUE (BAHUBALI STATUE).
People generally get a perception of blending Buddhist and Jain statues as they sometimes give exact replicas. Gommateswara Bahubali statue is the tallest monolithic statue in the world carved from a single block of granite and one of the largest free-standing statues. The Gommateshwara statue is dedicated to the Jain figure Bahubali.
Bahubali, a much-revered figure among Jains, was the son of Rishabhanatha (the first Tirthankara of Jainism) and the younger brother of Bharata Chakravartin. He is said to have meditated motionless for a year in a standing posture (kayotsarga) and that during this time, climbing plants grew around his legs. After his a year of meditation, Bahubali is said to have attained omniscience (Kevala Gyana).
Here I just want to grab the focus on the stunning structures of Karnataka which made me feel calm and amazed towards our architecture, art, and culture. The devotions of the artisans to mount such immense figures.
After traveling the world I realized that art and culture have no words to be defined, they are just the sentiments of an art enthusiast, an inventor, and devotion towards the almighty. This is what makes the world more fascinating to look at and tenders our soul to believe in every chunk of stone to be a lord. Here are some of my best views of the Buddha Statues in Bangalore and nearby.
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