The term "Buddha" is generally used as an appellation for the ancient Indian figure, Siddhartha Gautama, who is believed to have lived sometime between 563 B.C. and 483 B.C. "Buddha" is a Sanskrit term meaning "the awakened one."
Buddha is famous for founding the Buddhist religion and establishing the pillars of the religion, which are called the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Buddha's original name was Siddhartha Gautama, and he was prince of an Indian tribe called the Shakyas.
Siddhartha Gautama, or Buddha, is the central figure and prophet of Buddhism. For the majority of his life, Buddha traveled and preached the Dharma. The Buddha's teachings grew into a prominent world religion.
The Buddha represents a complete enlightenment within a person's life. People will often gaze at a Buddha statue to have a clear view of what their path holds and how to better enlighten themselves.
A Buddha statue should always face east. The statue should also never be placed in a bathroom or face one. The statue should not be on the ground or bare floor; it should sit on a stand or pedestal.
Three main types of Buddhas exist. They are the Samma Sambuddhas, the Pacceka Buddha and the Savaka or Arahant Buddha, each of whom embodies a specific type of Buddhahood.
A Buddha's pose can be a symbol of protection, meditation or contemplation, adoration, compassion, expelling negativity, self-confidence, teaching, cosmic order or supreme enlightenment. The variations in the statues is usually reflected as differences in hand gestures.