There are numerous statues of Maitreya in the monasteries of India and Central Asia. They differ from ordinary Buddha statues in that they are depicted sitting on a throne with legs lowered or standing at all. The skin of Maitreya is golden in color and there are always attributes: a bowl with a drink of immortality, a stupa on the head and a wheel of dharma. The wheel of dharma (“teachings”) is a symbol of the Buddha’s teaching—while it is spinning, the teaching exists.
Every year thousands of people come to monasteries and take part in an amazing celebration — the circumrotation of Maitreya Buddha. This holiday is dedicated to the new incarnation of the saviour of human As Maitreya Buddha is recognized in all directions of Buddhism, the Maidari-Khural festival is celebrated by representatives of all branches of this teaching.
On this day solemn prayer houses are held in monasteries, temples and communities. The Buddha statue is taken out of the temple and placed under a canopy on a wooden chariot. A green horse or a wooden elephant is tucked into the chariot. Accompanied by monks reading molebns (some of them sets in motion the chariot, part goes back or ahead), the chariot moves as the sun moves around the temple along the outer wall.
Near each turn, the procession stops for tea parties and prayers. Believers often try to touch the statue of Maitreya, because this touch, according to legend, brings happiness. The ceremony continues all day, until sunset, it represents the eternal movement of the dharma wheel. From this unusual ceremony the holiday was called “circumrotation”. The
celebration ends with the offering of gifts to members of the monastic community, a festive treat. Particularly inspires priests and believers to worship sacred Buddhist relics, often crowning the feast.