Know the story behind 108 dried snails on the head of Gautam Buddha

You all would know Gautama Buddha. Gautama Buddha is the one who started Buddhism. Today, Buddhism is the oldest and most famous religion in the world. Today there are crores of followers of Buddhism who are engaged in propagating it. You must have seen thousands of millions of idols of Lord Buddha in the world which are very beautiful and attractive. There are many statues that have also found a place in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Talking about Gautama Buddha, his statues are very attractive and he is seen meditating. All idols are unique in themselves. Well, all these idols have one thing in common and that is their curly hair which appears in every statue of Gautam Buddha. But if this is not what you see. Yes, they have curly hair but are somewhat more interesting.

What is the secret of Gautama Buddha’s curly hair: The curly hair you see in every statue of Gautama Buddha is not really hair. Actually, there are many snails with curly hair appearing on Gautama Buddha’s head. You will be surprised to hear this and are wondering how this happens. So we are also going to tell you about the secret behind it.

To attain enlightenment, there are many guidelines written in the Vinaya Pitaka Granth, out of the Buddhist monk Mundan – the Tripitaka of Buddhism. If we follow these guidelines written to gain knowledge, then both the human body and mind must be absolutely pure. Following these guidelines, Buddhist monks shave their heads for the purity of their bodies. This was done by Siddhartha Gautama i.e. Gautama Buddha. When he renounced his kingdom, he also had his shaving done.

How the snails came on the head of Gautama Buddha – It is said that once Gautama Buddha was engrossed in meditation. During that time he was sitting under the tree and meditating. While meditating, he became so absorbed in meditation that he did not know anything about the outside. Forgetting the outside world, he drowns in spiritual practice. At the time when Gautama Buddha was engaged in spiritual practice, the weather was hot and the sun was just above the head of Gautama Buddha. At that moment, a snail making its way to the edge of the ground saw that the Buddha was meditating on that hot day. The temperature was rising so high that he was sitting under the tree, the rays of the sun were towards his head. Snail thought that Buddha’s head was going to be distracted soon and it would be difficult for him to concentrate. After that, a snail thought, ‘If I stay on Gautama Buddha’s head, he will start feeling warm.’ Thinking that he stopped there. After seeing him, several snails climbed behind Gautama Buddha’s head. In this way, 108 snails sat on his head to save Gautam Buddha from heat and thus he died. These 108 snails are said to have given their lives to bring enlightenment to Lord Buddha. These 108 snails are considered important for their important role.



Learn about snails – they are flexible bodied animals and contain moisture. Whenever they are caught, they get cold. Keeping these things in mind, the snails sat on Gautama Buddha’s head to protect him from the heat. Today, the curly hair-like figure on the head of the statues of Gautama Buddha is actually 108 snails.

There is also another story – some believe that when Gautama Buddha became absorbed in practice, his hair grew. During that time when there was a fierce heat, all the hairs of Gautama Buddha’s head got burnt and all became dry. By the way, you should be aware that even today there are many such hot areas of the world where people have curly hair. Today, many people believe this story as the basis for this.




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