Touching the earth (Bhumisparsa) is the most common motherra and symbolizes an important episode in the life of the Buddha. When he was meditating under the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, India, determined to obtain enlightenment, tempted his enemy Mara, the earth goddess, to tempt him with young virgins. Thee Buddha touched the ground to show the earth goddess how strong he was. At that moment he reached the lighting.
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