The statue of Guru Padmasambhava in Samdruptse is 135ft tall and is the world tallest statue of the master. In the statue, the Guru is seated on a lotus pedestal. On the right hand, he holds a five-pronged vajra at his heart. In tantric traditions of Buddhism, the vajra is symbol for the nature of reality or sunyata indicating endless creativity, potency, and skillful activity.

 

On the left hand, which rests in the gesture of equanimity, he holds a skull-cup in the centre of which is a vase of longevity filled with nectar of deathless wisdom. Cradled in his left arm he holds the three-pointed khatvanga (trident) symbolizing the Princess consort (Mandarava). Its three points represent the essence, nature and compassionate energy (ngowo, rangshyin and tukjé). Below these three prongs are three severed heads,principle of enlighten and knows no limits or boundaries. The second kaya is Sambhogakaya or body of mutual enjoyment which is a body of bliss or clear light manifestation. The third kaya is Nirmanakaya or created body which manifests in time and space. The Nine iron rings adorning the prongs represent the nine yanas. The khatvanga is also adorned with locks of hair from dead and living mamos and dakinis, as a sign that the Master subjugated them all when he practiced austerities in the Eight Great Charnel Grounds. The guru wears a lotus hat and adorns a silk cloak, Dharma robes and gown. He is seated with his two feet in a royal posture