The porch doorway of cave 16 set a pattern
for the later doorway. Of course, the later once are more complex. Here
two Goddesses stand on neatly carved pilasters
The Buddha figure in the shrine is of about the same time as the Buddha
in the shrine of the cave 6 (lower) and cave 11 as the Buddha in cave
16 seated with his heavy feet down the base, it is more than life size
and fairly uncommon. Lions and other active animals support the throne.
Bodhisattvas stand behind him.
This cave gives a good view of the ravine. From the large verandha we
enter a hall. There are six cells on each side.
There is a Giant Statue of Buddha in the abhayamudra, or teaching gesture,
in the inner shrine.
One of the finest paintings in the world art is on left wall. This shows
the wife of Gautama's cousin, Nanda. The Dying princess is suffering
from the shock of hearing that her husband has become a monk. Some great
master paints the sad drama. Notice the bent head of the princess and
the tense female attendants.
BUDDHA WITH A BEGGING BOWL:
On another wall is the Buddha with a begging bowl
PRINCE SIDDHARTH STRETCHING THE BOW:
Still another painting shows Prince Siddharth Stretching the bow
THE DECENT OF THE BUDDHA:
The Descent of Buddha from the Tushita heaven is another masterly panel
THE SUTASAMA JATAKA:
The Sutasama Jataka narrates the story of the previous incarnation of
the bodhisattva and the son of the king of indraprastha named sutasama.
The prince is trained in all the arts and sciences by a guru at Taxilla.
One-day Sutasama was seized by a man-eating dacoit. The prince promised
him he would come back and be eaten after he had offered flowers to
the Enlightened one. And he did as he promised.
The cannibal was surprised to see Sutasama. He who had once been a fellow
student of the bodhisattva at Taxilla and then king of Benares was converted,
and he became a king of Benares again.