The image of Buddha procured from the spot number 17 as mentioned in the translations of Xuanzang’s travelogue (as mentioned in the post 'conclusions based on conjecture maps') is a huge black stone statue carved intricately during the Pala period.
It is currently exhibited at Venuwan in Rajgir right at what used to be the main entrance. Venuwan is currently under going renovations and the main entrance has been moved of to an adjacent side road. But the gravitating statue is still as captivating and it’s an inspiring image to witness something that has traveled so for so many centuries.
The particular pose is termed ‘Bhumisparsa mudra’ (or the earth touching pose). The left hand lies on the lap with palm upward and the right arm is over the right knee, with the palm turned inward, fingers extended downward touching the lotus throne or the earth to call the earth as his witness for defying Mara and achieving enlightenment.
Mara is usually described as a demon who continuously tried to distract Siddhartha since the day he started on the path of enlightment and when he finds Siddhartha under the Boddhi tree in a meditative state very close to achieving enlightment, he makes one last effort to interupt him and deter him from his path. As a philosophical alternate, Mara can be viewed as the demon that exists in all human being, a metaphor for the skepticism, confusion and temptations that keep us from reaching our spiritual potential.
SOME OTHER PICTURES OF THE AREA