(Last Updated on : 06/09/2012)
Ajanta Cave 22 is a small monastery with a narrow verandah and four unfinished cells that is excavated at a higher level and is approached by a flight of steps. The hall is astylar, and the usual antechamber is absent. The figure of Lord Buddha
, seated in the pralamba-pada attitude with the feet resting on a lotus in the back wall of the shrine, is of poor workmanship. On the right wall of the shrine, above the carved seated figures of Buddha, arc painted the seven Manushi-Buddhas with Maitreya under their respective Bodhi trees
. The names of each of the Buddhas and trees are written respectively below and above each representation.
There is also a dedicatory painted record underneath the group. On the right wall, near its junction with the back wall, can be seen another painted record below the painted figures of the nagas holding the stalk of the lotus on which is seated a carved figure of Buddha.
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