In Buddhism, Parinirvana occurs upon the death of someone who has attained nirvana (moksha) during their lifetime i.e. the nirvana -after-death. Buddha released himself from the samsara, karma and rebirth by preparing a couch between the twin Sal trees, with the head northward and said, “I am exhausted and would like to lie down”.
This exclusive wooden sculpture aptly depicts his Mahaparinirvana with Buddha lying down, legs joint, left hand rests on the side in comfort and head supported by right hand. He wears a conventionalized, pleated robe having life like borders, touching the thin oval shaped pedestal, carved with dotted motifs. Sun shaped aureole glowing at the back of his head, symbolic of spreading light and knowledge has a flower design highlighting his purity and softness. Eyes closed with a slight smile show his retreat from the oblivious materialistic aspects. Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra also describes this as the realm of eternal true self of Buddha.