250 Nu (Kingdom of Bhutan)
Description of obverse and reverse
In remembrance of the Enlightenment of Lord Buddha, the 5th installment of the World Buddha Heritage coin features Lord Buddha seated beneath the Bodhi Tree at Mahabodhi Temple on its obverse. Chosen for its religious significance, the coin pays homage to the founder of Buddhism, at the site where he attained enlightenment.
On the reverse of the coin, the Meto Pema (lotus) is featured. The lotus is one of the most poignant representations of Buddhism, symbolizing the complete purification of body, speech and mind. Growing from the mud, the lotus emerges through the clear water, finally coming to rest on the surface in the form of a beautiful flower. This pattern of growth signifies the transformation of the soul, from the dregs of materialism, to the purification of the soul, and into the clarity of enlightenment.
A brief annotation
Buddhism is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, commonly known as “The Buddha” (the Awakened One). The coin program highlights the spread of the different schools of Buddhism throughout the different regions of the world.
There are eight auspicious symbols in Buddhism which can often be found on Buddhism related paraphernalia. The parasol, golden fish, treasure case, lotus, conch, endless knot, Dharma wheel and victory flag represents a unique aspects of Buddhist teachings.
Emperor Asoka built the Mahabodhi Temple at the spot where Lord Buddha gained enlightenment. Today, Mahabodhi Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where hundreds flock to worship and learn about the life of Lord Buddha. Founded in approximately 250BC, this architectural landmark of Lord Buddha’s enlightenment site is one of the few surviving examples of early brick structures in India. The entire temple complex covers a sweeping area of nearly 4.8 hectares and the tallest tower is a staggering 55 meters in height.