Experts dig deep to trace the origin of Naga Buddha statues
THE ASIAN AGE
By AKSHAYA KUMAR
The 1400-year-old Buddha idol was found recently at Banapur in Khurda district of Odisha.
BHUBANESWAR, India---The recent discovery of Naga Buddha idol from Odisha’s Banapur area has inspired researchers to conduct further studies to establish if this cult of Buddhist sculpture was prevalent in the state or the statues were brought from other parts of the country. Not only in India, but in countries like Burma, China, Laos and Thailand, many statues are seen where the Buddha is depicted in meditation pose sheltered by a multi-headed snakes, which is depicted in Hindu mythology as Shesh Nag. In Buddhist literature, Buddha idols sheltered by multi-headed snakes are known as the Naga Buddha statues. [More]