Ellora, Jain Caves, yaksha guardian

Dublin Core

Title

Ellora, Jain Caves, yaksha guardian

Subject

Religions-Jainism; Religions-Sites; Religions-Figures; Arts-Sculpture

Description

All tirthankaras are depicted with a yaksha (male earth spirit) and yakshini (female). This yaksha, probably Matanga who is associated with Mahavira, guards one side of a large balcony entrance to the cave's expansive second floor with a central Mahavira shrine. On the other side of the balcony entrance is his female counterpart, the yakshini, Siddhayika. The yaksha, a powerful earth deity, sits on the strong elephant who acts as his throne. This yaksha is framed by a canopy formed by the leaves of a lush tree.

Date

2003-01

Contributor

Benton, Cathy
Lake Forest College

Rights

Copyright: April 2003 Cathy Benton. Images and content on this site are available for educational and research purposes, provided due recognition is given to the author. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond fair use requires the written permission of the photographer.

Format

Image/jpg

Type

Still image

Identifier

cbind0144

Coverage

India
Maharashtra (state), Ellora (inhabited place)
1075244

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

1280 w x 960 h

Files

https://s3.amazonaws.com/omeka-net/9473/archive/files/89d3665f629ebd09396934f0ced137b1.jpg

Citation

“Ellora, Jain Caves, yaksha guardian,” ASIANetwork IDEAS Project, accessed June 13, 2024, https://ideasproject.org/items/show/1712.