Badami Cave – 4: 24th Tirthankara – Mahavira in the Garbhagriha

Sculptural relief of 24th Tirthankara - Mahavira in the Garbhagriha of Cave - 4 in Badami, Karnataka, India

Sculptural relief of 24th Tirthankara – Mahavira in the Garbhagriha of Cave – 4

Mahavira in the Garbhagriha
The image shows a sculptural relief of a Tirthankara, most-likely Mahavira, seated majestically on a lion throne carved on the rear wall of the garbhagriha (inner sanctum) of Cave – 4, the fourth of the four rock-cut caves in Badami, Karnataka, India.

Mahavira is sitting under a chaitya vriksha (holy tree) with the Paryankasana posture (lotus-like pose with the upward-facing palms placed on top of each other). Around his head is a prabhamandala (halo), and above it is a mukkode, i.e., three umbrellas stacked one above the other. Flanking him are two chamaradharas (male chamara bearers), and above them are two Vidyadhara couples performing a pushpadhaare (offering a deluge of flowers).

Cave – 4 Images
Facade and Entrance
Ground Plan
Jakkave with Mahavira
Bahubali
Parshvanatha
Rishabhanatha (Adinatha)
Mahavira

Related Pages
Badami
Badami Cave – 1, Badami Cave – 2, Badami Cave – 3, Badami Cave – 4

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