Buddha On Fasting
Here’s a statue of the Fasting Buddha at the Wat U-Mong temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
After the young prince Siddhartha Gautam left his palace to search for Enlightenment, he lived as an ascetic for six years. The emaciated Siddharta finally attained Enlightenment and became Buddha (The Enlightened One) when he discovered the Four Noble Truths. The statue above depicts this part of his life. -A short Version of Story
If you’re only familiar with the fat Buddha, here’s another fact for you: it is not Siddhartha at all. There are 28 Buddhas, of which Siddhartha was one.