During one of my recent trips to Maharashtra, I visited to one of the World’s Heritage Site of India, popularly known as Ajanta. It took me 2 days to complete the caves of Ajanta, where I learned about the life of Buddha & his various reincarnations (the Jatakas) through sculptures as well as paintings.
It is said, the Ajanta temple was built in the 2 century B.C., when Buddhism had a great influence over civilization. I would love to share my experience of the entire trip on later chapters. 🙂
This is one of the most enchanting paint work done in the Ajanta Cave, Aurangabad. This painting depicts one of the famous chapters from Buddha’s life where Buddha, the great monk returned to Kapilavatthu (Kapilvastu) after attaining enlightenment.
It is said that after 7 years, the Buddha returned to Kapilavatthu. According to the legends, Yasodhara took the prince Rahula to the Buddha’s preaching where she ordered her son to ask for the inheritance from Buddha.
The Rahula walked through the assembly to stand before the Buddha and said, ” How pleasant is your shadow, Oh Monk”. After the conversation, Rahula followed the Buddha & demands his inheritance from his father, the Buddha.
The Buddha had abandoned the kingdom & the worldly pleasure, so he decided to grant the most precious knowledge to his son as inheritance, ‘The Dharma’.
At the age of 18, The Rahula attained enlightenment.
The painting depicts the Buddha as a large, illuminated body compared to the body of the Buddha’s wife, Yashodhara & son, Rahula. Here, the artist has beautifully used symbolism to narrate the simple story through images. The large, illuminated body of Buddha depicts the state of an enlightened soul.
The facial expression of Yashodhara depicts the pain & agony after seeing the monk, who was once her lover, husband & father of her son.
While, the facial expression of Rahula depicts the characteristic of being inquisitive.
The craftsman’s unquestionable mastery of brush & subject knowledge has created a nonparallel, masterpiece on earth. Every painting has a much celebrated artistic influence of Buddhism. Many people termed this technique of painting as Frescoes, but this is an erroneous term. This technique of painting is referred as Murales, due to the fact that they were painted on a dry surface.
Soon, I would be sharing more about this particular trip.
Stay Tuned! Cheers 🙂