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Image of the International Yoga Day: Seated Neminath, Dark Greenish Marble, Gujarat, 10th century A.D.
June 21, 2017

Seated Tirthankara (dark stone) is in meditative posture (yog?sana or padm?sana). The stunningly handsome seated Tirthankara is rendered in simplified naturalism as in Akota bronzes. An amazingly similar seated Tirthankara is in an American Collection, also in dark coloured stone/marble, has been dated to 10th century A.D., due to its stylistic affinity with Akota bronzes. It is relevant here to mention that in Kalpasutra texts Mahavira's physical beauty is described in superlative terms. The l?nchhana (symbol) at the base appears to be the diamond, which is associated with Shantin?th. However, Neminatha is associated with bluish black colour. The seated meditative posture (as distinct from the standing K?yotsarga posture) symbolizes nirvana, implying the liberated siddha.

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