Indra's visit to Indrasala cave

unknown100-200 C.E

Indian Museum, Kolkata

Indian Museum, Kolkata
Kolkata, India

According to Buddhist legends in the course of his journeys
in the Magadha country, the Buddha lived sometime in the
Indrasala Cave on Vediyaka hill near Rajagriha, where Sakra,
the king of the heaven came to see him. He was
accompanied by the Gandharva Panchasikha. At that time
the hill-top shone and looked as if it was all ablaze. Finding
the Buddha deeply absorbed in meditation he asked
Panchasikha to approach him and propitiate him with
music. The divine musician picked up his lyre and began to
play on it. He sang a hymn in praise of the Buddha and
finally announced the arrival of Sakra. After they had met
and exchanged greetings, Sakra placed a few problems of
philosophical import before the Buddha, solutions of which
were readily furnished. He then returned in grateful
satisfaction after having duly adored the Buddha.In this panel the Buddha is shown as seated inside the cave
and haloed Sakra is shown approaching him with hands
joined in adoration. His attendant, Panchasikha is seen
announcing his presence. Two other defaced figures appear
behind Sakra.


  • Title: Indra's visit to Indrasala cave
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date: 100-200 C.E
  • Location: Indian Museum, Kolkata
  • Physical Dimensions: Schist stone, 26.2x51.7x9.5cm
  • Provenance: Loriyan Tangai

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