Our Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva statue was handmade in Patan, Nepal using the traditional lost wax sculpting method. Therefore, the features of the statue including the crown, jewels, robe and pedestal were created with fine detail. Additionally, the face was hand painted giving the statue a golden life like expression.
Indeed, the Nepali sculptors have long been the preferred source of the Tibetan monasteries for statues and ritual items. As a result, the buyer can rest assured they have procured a monastic quality Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva statue.
Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is holding the pearl in his right hand which contains magic qualities beyond description. Also, his left hand is portraying the Varada “gift giving” mudra.
The Nepali artisan created our Ksitigarbha statue with the crown and jewels of a Bodhisattva. At the request of the buyer, we will adorn the crown and jewels with turquoise and red coral stones at no extra charge before delivery. The statue will wear the colors very well and inspire all who see it.
Meaning of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Statue
The Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is one of the four great bodhisattva’s that are highly venerated in Mahayana Buddhist beliefs. Ksitigarbha took a great vow to forgo Buddhahood until all beings were freed from the hell realms – “Only when all living beings have been saved, will I attain awakening”. Additionally, his vow will remain in effect from the time of Shakyamuni Buddha until the coming of Maitreya Buddha.
Indeed, Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is very popular in East Asia where he serves his traditional role as the protector of expectant mothers, travelers, firemen, pilgrims and all beings migrating through the realms of samsara.