Badami Cave – 4: Jakkave with Mahavira

Sculptural relief of Lady Jakkave with Mahavira carved near the entrance of Cave - 4, the fourth of the rock-cut caves located in Badami, Karnataka, India

Jakkave with Mahavira carved near the entrance of Cave – 4

Jakkave with Mahavira
The image shows a relief depicting a pious Jain nun called Jakkave, who attained Moksha (salvation) through Sallekhana, a religious practice in Jainism to follow certain vows to reduce human passions. As you can see from the image, Mahavira, the 24th Jain Tirthankara, is at the center, and sitting beside him on the left is Jakkave.

Mahavira is sitting with the Paryankasana posture (lotus-like pose with the upward-facing palms placed on top of each other) on a throne carved with three lions. Around his head is a prabhamandala (halo), and above it is a mukkode, i.e., three umbrellas stacked one above the other.

You can see this relief as you enter Cave – 4, one of the four rock-cut caves of Badami. It is on the right interior wall.

Cave – 4 Images
Facade and Entrance
Ground Plan
Rishabhanatha (Adinatha)

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

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