Statues inside Mahavira Hall at Daci’en Temple in Xi’an, China

Step inside Mahavira Hall at Daci’en Temple. There is large gilded statue sitting in the double lotus position. The hands symbolize Uttarabodhi Mudra meaning supreme enlightenment. This is Sakyamuni. The Gautama Buddha was the founder of Buddhism in the 5th century BC. On the left is Ānanda, the former attendant of Buddha. On the right is Kassapa Buddha, a chief disciple. Behind this trinity are small statues of the Eighteen Arhats. They were the original followers who all achieved the state of Nirvana.

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Daci’en Temple, South Yanta Road, Xi’an, China

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