Borobudur: Rūpadhātu Layer – Avadana Story

Rūpadhātu Layer - Avadana Story

Avadāna Story – Queens’ Court

Avadāna Story – Queens’ Court
The bas-relief shown in the image is part of the Avadāna story panels carved into the inner walls of the first terrace of the Rūpadhātu layer. This detailed bas-relief likely depicts the court of a queen. As you can see, she is seated on a throne (on the right edge of the image) and is receiving offerings from people. Standing at the center is an elegantly dressed young man – likely a prince or the king himself – delivering food or jewels to the people.

The Rūpadhātu layer, which has five terraces, is one of the three layers of Borobudur. Check the Borobudur Temple Layers page for an explanation of all three layers.

Located about 30 miles northwest of Yogyakarta on the island of Java, Borobudur is the largest and one of the most fascinating Buddhist monuments in the world. It was built between 778 and 850 CE by the rulers of the Shylendra dynasty, who were the followers of Mahāyāna Buddhism. According to an inscription, it was founded by King Samaratungga of this dynasty.

Related Pages
Borobudur, Prambanan, Prambanan Bas-Reliefs, Bali, Indonesia
Angkor Wat, Angkor Wat Bas-Reliefs, Banteay Srei, Cambodia

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