The Samadhi Statue

The Samadhi Statue

A Symbol of Peace
in Sri Lanka

The Samadhi Buddha statue is a revered landmark in Sri Lanka, known for its serene beauty and historical significance. Located at the Mahamevnāwa Park in Anuradhapura, this statue depicts the Buddha in a meditative posture, symbolizing inner peace and enlightenment.

History and Significance

Dating back to the 4th-6th century AD, the Samadhi statue is considered one of the finest examples of Sri Lankan Buddhist sculpture. Carved from dolomite marble, it stands at an impressive 7 feet 3 inches tall. The statue depicts the Buddha in the Dhyana Mudra, a posture commonly associated with meditation and the Buddha's attainment of enlightenment. Originally, the statue is believed to have been gilded and adorned with inlaid eyes made of precious gems.

There's an interesting theory surrounding the placement of Samadhi statues throughout Sri Lanka. Historically, these statues were positioned facing north, possibly symbolizing the aspiration to eliminate negative forces or "vadi" from the island. While the exact purpose remains debatable, the statues undoubtedly served as powerful symbols of peace and spiritual guidance.

A New Addition

The Ambuluwawa
Samadhi Statue

Following the tradition of the Anuradhapura statue, a new Samadhi Buddha statue has been built in Ambuluwawa. Inspired by the original, this statue replicates the serene posture and meditative aura of the Dhyana Mudra. The presence of the Ambuluwawa statue allows visitors in a different part of Sri Lanka to experience the peace and spiritual significance associated with the Samadhi Buddha.