Would you believe me if I told you this photo was taken during a magical trek through India? No? Well, dangit, you’d be right since I’ve never been to India (but it’s at the top of my list!). Instead, this statue can be found in a little corner of Washington, DC in the United States.
While living in the District, we once celebrated a friend’s birthday by pigging out on an Indian breakfast buffet at Heritage India in DC’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood, and outside the restaurant’s front door was this beautiful statue, where I snapped this photograph.
The hand gesture displayed here (known as a mudra) is the Vitarka Mudra which apparently represents the “discussion and transmission of Buddha’s teachings.”
Lovely little find in the middle of the city.