A miniature sculpture of the Buddha has been found in Badagabettu village in Udupi district of Karnataka.
About Buddha Miniature Sculpture:
- The sculpture is made out of soft sandstone. It is around nine centimetres high, five centimetres wide and two centimetres thick.
- Style: The sculpture is in the Gupta style. It looks like a replica of the Sarnath Buddha.
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The Buddha is seated on a lotus pedestal in Dharma Chakra Pravartana Mudra.
Below the seat, six disciples are seated on either side of the Dharma Chakra.
The Lord wears clothes and earrings. A small Ushnisha(three-dimensional oval at the top of the head) is also shown on the top of the head. In the back of the head, a beautifully carved round lobe is seen.
On the top corners, two Yakshas and on either side of his back, two-winged horses have also been carved out.
Significance of this discovery:
- Traditionally, ancient Tulu Nadu was said to be ruled by the Kadambas of Banavasi. The Guptas and the Kadambas of Banavasi had matrimonial relations.
- Hence, the discovery of the Buddha sculpture is not an uncommon thing. But, it has thrown open a new chapter in the history of the Udupi district and in the study of Buddhism in South India.
Source: The Hindu