First Tirthankara – Adinatha
The image shows a life-size sculptural relief depicting Adinatha, the first of the 24 Tirthankaras of Jainism, carved on the interior walls of Cave – 4, the fourth of the four rock-cut caves located near Badami in Karnataka, India.
This sculptural relief is carved on the left sidewall of Cave – 4 antarala (ante-chamber). As you can see from the image, Adinatha is flanked by 12 Tirthankaras on either side.
Adinatha is digambara (cloth less) and is standing with the Kayotsarga pose, which means giving up body movements and comfort. He has long hair flowing on his shoulder. Note: The Adinatha iconography has locks of hair on his shoulder and is one of the ways to identify his sculptures.
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