New Delhi: The Laughing Buddha also known as Hotei in Japan or Pu-Tai in China is thought to be based on an actual wandering Chinese monk who lived at the time of the Liang Dynasty (907-923 AD).
He is usually shown smiling or laughing, hence nicknamed the Laughing Buddha. He is also called as the "Happy Man"
The mere sight of this spiritual statue can sometimes instill feelings of impending luck and good-will in the minds of its onlookers.
For others, the statue of the fat laughing Buddha is simply a beautiful decorative piece to accentuate their living spaces.
Here we bring some rare known facts about the Laughing Buddha: