What do the paintings of Ajanta depict?

What do the paintings of Ajanta depict?
(1) Ramayana
(2) Mahabharat
(3) Jatakas
(4) Panchatantra

Correct Answer : (3) The paintings of Ajanta depict Jatakas.

Explanation :

The Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra are 30 rock-cut cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 500 or 600 CE.

The paintings of Ajanta and sculptures considered to be masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, with Buddha figures and depictions of the Jataka tales.

Jatakas are regarded as a body of literature, it consists of various narratives of the life of Gautam Budhha taking birth in both human and animal forms. The motive behind Jatakas narrative is to highlight the moral values that he propagated in each of the characters.

The caves form the largest corpus of early Indian wall-painting. The site is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India, and since 1983, the Ajanta Caves have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

FAQ’s related to the Paintings of Ajanta :

What is the theme matter of Ajanta paintings?

The subject matter of the Paintings of Ajanta Caves pertains to Buddha figures and depictions of the Jataka tales. These are Buddhist legends describing the previous births of the Buddha.

Why are the Ajanta paintings world famous?

The Ajanta cave paintings and rock cut sculptures are described as among the finest surviving examples of ancient Indian art, particularly expressive painting that present emotion through gesture, pose and form.

Which is the famous painting from Ajanta?

Bodhisattva Padmapani is the best known of the paintings of Ajanta Caves. Padmapani in Sanskrit literally translates into one who holds the lotus.

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