About the Sandalwood Buddha statue:
- The Buddha figure, made of pure sandalwood, has hand carvings along with traditional designs and natural scenes.
- In this posture, Buddha is sitting in ‘dhyana mudra’ under the Bodhi tree.
- The ‘dhyana mudra’ is the mudra of meditation and the attainment of spiritual perfection.
- According to tradition, this mudra derives from the one assumed by the Buddha when meditating under the Bodhi tree before his enlightenment.
- The obverse of the image has an intricate carving of the Bodhi tree.
- The Kadamwood Jali Box in which the statue was encased is also considered auspicious in Indian culture.
- The art of sandalwood carving is an exquisite and ancient craft that has been practised in Karnataka for centuries.
Key facts about the sandalwood tree
- Indian Sandalwood is a dry deciduous forest species native to China, India, Indonesia, Australia, and the Philippines
- It has been an important part of Indian culture for centuries and is widely regarded as one of the most valuable and prized woods in the world.
- Major Growing areas in India: Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu.
Q1) What is special about Kadambawood?
Kadamba or Kadam is honored with a scientific name – “Neolamarckia cadamba,” also commonly known as “Bur flower tree.” It is a fast-growing, evergreen tropical tree with unique flowers native to South and Southeast Asia.