Sikhi Buddha was born in Arunavati, 31 aeons ago according to textual sources. His parents were Aruna and Prabhavati. His wife was Sabbakama and his son was Atula. Sikhi Buddha was called Sikhi because his Usnisa stood up like sikha (flame). Sikhi Buddha enjoyed the worldly life for 7000 years. After his Maha – Bhiniskramana i.e. great renunciation, he practiced penance for eight months. Sikhi Buddha attained enlightenment under the foot of a Pundarika tree. His body was sixty cubits in height. His great Parinirvana took place in Silavati at the age of 70000 years. During his life time he visited Swayambhu Ksetra knowing that a self – originated divine light had appeared over a beautifully bloomed thousand petalled lotus. Sikhi Buddha came with his disciples including Kshemaraja Grihapati who was to be-come Shakyamuni Buddha later on. Sikhi Buddha is said to have composed a hymn in praise of lord Swayambhu and mingled himself with lord Swayambhu. According to Swayambhu Purana, Buddha Sikhi predicted that from the root of the lotus an image of Nairatmya Devi would appear. The discourse with such prediction took place on Dhyanochcha Mountain of Kathmandu valley. Sikhi Buddha is usually depicted in Abhaya Mudra.
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