First Image of Rishabh Dev
The first image is 56"X 30" in height. The Jina here has forearms and legs that are in damaged state. The Lord is shown in dhyana mudra on a lotus spread on a high and ornate cushion. Image of a bull has also been carved here. Two figures of devotees in standing pose with folded hands are visible. The figures of Navagrahas have been arranged in panel on either side of bull figure. From the left side the first figure represents the Lord Surya. It is two armed and seated in cross legged. In his hands he holds long stalked lotuses. The following six figures are seated in lalita pose and show the abhaya mudra in their right arms. With their left hanging arms they bear kamandulu. The eighth figure is of Rahu. The bust can be seen here and the image is surmounted by the figure of Ketu. Its lower portion looks like a serpent.
Figures of many Jinas are also visible here. On each side of the Yaksha Yakshi image figure of a seated Jina can be seen. Here the images of flywhisk bearers are in damaged condition. Above these a pair of standing Jinas has been carved on either side of the flywhisk bearers in front of the pilasters. An elephant with two riders have also been carved at the top of each pilaster. They are seen holding a vase. A couple of hovering figures of the maladharas can be seen holding a garland. They are much mutilated. The images are surrounded by clouds. The carved figures of a standing Jina can be seen on either side of the maladhara couple. Other than these there are couple of other flying maladharas carved here which are in damaged state. Five figures of seated Jinas are sculptured at the top back slab. However, three of them are lost. These seated Jinas are flanked on both sides by eight standing Jinas. Among these two figures at the right corner are damaged. The upper part of the parikara is much broken. There are images of Yakha and Yakshi here. The image of the Yakshi is four armed and has been carved at the left corner. She rides on garuda and carries a lotus and a disc in her right and left upper arms. With her lower right and left arms she holds a fruit and a ring. In image of the Yaksha has been carved on the right hand side. It is four armed and is bull faced Yaksha. It is seated in bhadrasana. Two arms of the Yaksha are broken here. With the remaining upper and lower left aims he holds a parasu and a fruit. The hair of the Jina is done in jata-juta fashion with three straight locks of hair falling on each shoulder. There is a halo round the head with a corolla in the centre, and also showing a row of lotus petals, a band and linear designs. The image belongs to the first half of the 11th century A.D.
Second Seated Image of Rishabh Dev
The second image of Rishabh Dev in Khajuraho is seated on an ornate cushion placed on a pedestal. It was earlier supported by pilasters but is now damaged. The height of the image is 42"x 25". A small image of a bull has been carved below the dharmachakra. The image of the Lord is flanked by Yaksa Yaksi figures, namely Sarvanubhuti and Chakresvari. They are carved in pillared niches. The Yakshi here is four armed and is seen riding a garuda. In his upper pair of hands she holds discs while her lower right and left arms show respectively the varada mudra and a conch shell. The image of the Yaksha has two arms bearing an abhaya mudra and a mongoose-skin purse respectively in his right and left hands. At each extremity of the pedestal is seated a devotee with folded hands, the figure to left being that of a female. Above these Yaksha Yakshi figures on either side there appears, a standing Jina, slightly smaller in size than the middle. The images are now headless. The images are adorned with trilinear umbrellas and are topped by disembodied figures. They are seen beating the drums and the nimbuses of lotus petals and beaded border. The Jinas are flanked by a single flying vidyadhara, holding a garland. An elephant with a rider is also visible here. Beside elephant figures at each edge is carved a seated Jina figure in a pillared niche. Another Jina figure is found seated at the top. The upper part is designed like the sikhara of a temple with three successive tiers.
The hair of Rishabh Dev is done in schematic curls. A nimbus created round the head of the Jina is composed of a blossom circlet and prominent garland like band. Depending upon the style, iconography and its execution the image of the Lord may be dated to the early 12th century A. D.
Third Seated Image of Rishabh Dev
The third seated image of Rishabh Dev in Khajuraho Temples is sheltered in the old open air Archaeological Museum. Earlier the museum was known as Jardin Museum. The image is flanked by Yakshis like Chakreswari and Ambika, in front of the pedestal. The image is 50" x 27" in height and is made of buff coloured sandstone. On the basis of both of style and iconography it belongs to the mid 12th century A.D. here the Lord is adorned with a srivatsa symbol in the centre of the chest and is seated cross legged. He is shown in deep meditation. His hands are laid in the lap. An image of a bull is also carved here. It is flanked by two small figures of worshippers on either side. Two four armed seated goddesses are visible on the sides of the dharmachakras. The image of the goddess on the right hand side is of Ambika and is adorned with gorgeous necklaces and other usual ornaments. She is seen wearing a dhoti and holding in her two left arms hands, a lotus. However, her right arms along with the legs are broken off. Her mount, a lion is carved below her seat. The goddess on the left side is embellished with necklaces and other ornaments. Except for her upper right, all the other arms and legs are damaged. In that surviving hand she holds a mace. Her mount is a garuda and is carved below the seat. The goddess is Chakreswari. Images of four-armed figures of a male and a female have been magnificently carved the two corners of the pedestal. They are seated in lalitasana with one leg hanging down from the pedestal and the other being folded. The image of the goddess on the left side is seen holding lotuses in her two upper arms; while her lower right and left show respectively the abhaya mudra and a fruit. The on right hand side four-armed, bull-faced, figure of Gomukha Yaksha is visible. He holds a parasu and a manuscript respectively in its upper right and left arms. With the lower left hand he holds a kamandalu. Above these figures there appears, on each side a four armed female figure sitting in lalita pose. The two female figures hold lotuses in the two upper arms. In the lower left and right she holds a kamandalu and the abhaya mudra respectively. The image of Rishabh Dev is flanked by male figure on either side. They are carved in tribhanga pose and are richly decorated with ornaments. These figures hold the flywhisks. Images of elephants with riders are visible above each shoulder of the Jina on either side. The hair of the Jina, arranged in small ringlets shows three lateral strands. The nimbus that has been made behind the head consists of blossom circlet that is bordered by a band.
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