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Prambanan: Meditating Lokapala

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Meditating Lokapala
This intricately carved story panel with three frames is one of the most beautiful bas-reliefs in Prambanan , about 11 miles northeast of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. At the center is Lokapala (means guardian of the world in Sanskrit) sitting on a beautifully decorated throne. With his eyes closed and right hand holding an japamala (prayer beads), he appears to be is in a state of deep meditation.

Check the Prambanan Bas-Reliefs page to read more about the bas-reliefs in the Prambanan temples.

To the left and right of Lokapala are the frames with the sculptural relief of three figures – most likely demigods – engaged in some activities, perhaps debating or teaching.

Although Prambanan is a Hindu temple complex, a strong Buddhist influence is seen in this relief.

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

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