Muchalinda and Buddha

Mucalinda, Muchalinda or Mucilinda is the name of a nāga who protected the Sakyamuni from the fury of the elements. When the future #Buddha started meditating under the #Bodhi tree, four weeks before he attained the state of Tathagata, it is said the skies darkened and rain poured for 7 days continuously. That is when Mucalinda came out of the earth and spread his hood covering and protecting the future Buddha from any harm due to the severe weather. Such scultptures of the #Buddha with Mucalinda are known as Naga #Buddha. They were famous in Burma, Laos and Thailand.

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