Avadāna Story – Queens’ Court
The bas-relief shown in the image is part of Avadāna story panels covering the inner walls on 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 side and is receiving offerings from people. Standing at the center is an elegantly dressed young man – most-likely a prince or the king himself – handing over objects (food or jewels) to the people.
Located about 30 miles northwest of Yogyakarta in 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.
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