Mathakaut Temple is one of the most frequently visited shrines in Kushinagar. Situated at a distance of 300 metres off Maha-Parinirvana Stupa, this temple is another popular Buddhist shrine. The shrine is located towards the side of the lane when you proceed towards the southwest of Maha-Parinirvana Stupa.
One of the reasons for the popularity of this shrine is that this is the place where a black stone illustration of the Buddha in the 'Bhumi Sparsha Mudra' was retrieved during the initial excavations. 'Bhumi Sparsha Mudra' is a Hindi term meaning 'Kneeling Posture'. It is generally believed that this is the place where Lord Buddha delivered his final sermon.
The shrine has been renamed Mathakaut Temple owing to the fact that it houses the portrayal of Lord Buddha resting on the ground in a kneeling posture. The Hindi word matha means 'Head'. It is a 3.05 metre long statue that radiates deep blue colour. The sculpture has been carved using stones recovered from the hillocks surrounding Bodhgaya. The sculpture is built to depict Lord Buddha settled beneath the Bodhi tree in 'Bhumi Sparsha Mudra'. This posture has a profound meaning associated to it. This particular posture signifies the crowning moment of Buddha's life right before he achieved Enlightenment, when he summoned the Earth to bear testimony to the acts of piety conducted him in his previous lives. Hence, this shrine and statue carries a deep relevance in Buddhism doctrines.
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