The Brahmin Sonadanda gives the description of Lord Buddha as ' handsome, good-looking and pleasing to the eye, with a most beautiful complexion. He had a godlike form and countenance, he was by no means unattractive'.
In another scripture the physical appearance of Buddha is depicted as "It is wonderful, truly marvellous, how serene is the good Gotama's appearance, how clear and radiant his complexion, just as the golden jujube in autumn is clear and radiant, just as a palm-tree fruit just loosened from the stalk is clear and radiant, just as an adornment of red gold wrought in a crucible by a skilled goldsmith, deftly beaten and laid on a yellow-cloth shines, blazes and glitters, even so, the good Gotama's senses are calmed, his complexion is clear and radiant."
One of the Buddha's disciple, Vakkali, who later became an arahant, was very much obsessed by Buddha's physical presence and Buddha reminded him by saying that it was better to know Buddha by Dhamma and not by the physical appearance.
Until the first century CE, Buddha was not depicted as a human being. The physical characteristics of buddha was described in one of the central texts of the traditional Pali canon, the Digha Nayaka in the preaching titled 'Sutra of Marks'.
Thirty two characteristics of great man was present in Buddha as well as eighty other secondary characteristics could be identified in him. General characteristics of buddha are- he had an elongated, lengthy body with long arms that spanned equal the body length, long fingers and long hands. His face was elongated with a protruding, well formed nose. Buddha's hair was fine, black and with soft curls. His eyes were wide and blue or bluish in color. His body was golden colored.
The thirty two signs of the great man that was present in Buddha-
(Last Updated on : 18-04-2014)
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