Torana Gate at Sanchi



Pot-bellied dwarfs appear to hold up the elaborately carved architraves of the western torana gate to the Great Stupa at Sanchi. Each of the four toranas faces a cardinal point and depicts scenes from the Jataka Tales based on the Buddha’s life, as well as natural and mythological creatures. These first century Buddhist carvings were artistic donations of time and talent by various individuals. Each artist’s interpretation and individual style of expressing well-known scenes makes Sanchi an interesting synthesis of non-commercial talent.

Sanchi, Central Madhya Pradesh


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