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THOUSAND HAND BODHISATTVA Buddha World Heritage Silver Coin Bhutan 2013


Sixth coin of "World Buddha Heritage" series that celebrates the different schools of Buddhism and the eight lucky or auspicious Buddhist Symbols. Spreading out radially like the beautiful plumage of a peacock are the intricate hands of the Thousand-Hand Bodhisattva featured in this coin.

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The Thousand-Hand Bodhisattva
The Thousand-hand Guanyin is one of six Guanyin Buddhist gods. With regard to the origins of this Bodhisattva, the civil is circulating a moving story. It’s said that in an ancient Country there was a Miaozhuang king who had three beautiful princesses, Miaojin, Miaoyin, and the little daughter Miaoshan. The elder two were at home to serve their parents; only Miaoshan was devoted to Buddha, and later became a nun. Her father Miaozhuang King tried so hard to persuade her back, but she always refused. In such a fury, Miaozhuang King sent his warriors to pull down the temples and expelled all the nuns. The activity, unexpectedly, was blamed by the god in heaven, who casted 500 incurable large abscess onto the body of Miaozhuang King. The King hence suffered a lot until finally, a witch appeared said that the disease can be cured via one and only one method, that he must dose a co-drugs mixed the hand and eye of his flesh and blood. As a result, the father had recourse to Miaojin and Miaoyin, but the two princesses were not willing to devote. Miaoshan, however, resolutely sacrificed her hand and eye when heard about the things. Sure enough, Miaozhuang King recovered shortly. Miaoshan’s behavior not only gave a good lesson to Miaozhuang King, but also moved greatly Sakyamuni, the highest lord of Buddha. The little princess was bestowed with one thousand hands each with an eye in the palm, and awarded the name Thousand-hand Guanyin Bodhisattva.

  • CountryBhutan
  • Year2013
  • Face Value250 Ngultrum
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40.7
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)10.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin obverse depics the Thousand-Hand Bodhisattva featured in the 6th coin of this World Buddha Heritage series. Also known as the Thousand-Hand Thousand Eye Guan Yin Bodhisattva, this is the world’s largest rock carving Thousand-Hand Bodhisattva - Rock Carving No.8 of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dazu Rock Carvings, in the rock grottoes of the Baoding Mountain, within the Chongqing municipality. In the coin reverse, features one of the 8 auspicious elements in Buddhism - 'Endless Knot' named Palbheu. The Palbheu has overlapping layers of knot with no beginning or end. It not only represents the infinite wisdom of the Buddha, and also symbolizes the existence of everything as a part of the web of karma and its effect in universe.