Painting of Mahajanaka from Jataka Tales, Ajanta Cave 1, Maharashtra, India
Cave 1 is well known for many significant murals and paintings apart from bodhisattvas Padmapani and Vajrapani. Embellished in the 5th century or the Vakataka period - it is fairly easy to detect scenes from Jataka Tales that visually narrate Mahajanaka, Mahaummagga, Champeyya ++
This scene is one of the paintings depicting the Mahajanaka Jataka tale where the king announces his abdication to become an ascetic.
Paintings from the Second Phase are extensively narrative in form with multiple scenes stitched to form a visual storyline.
The caves of the first phase were fully painted but only a small part of the original paintings survive as they were abandoned for centuries.
Ajanta Caves located in the Aurangabad district, Maharashtra, India is a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO. How to reach Ajanta Caves?