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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: The Bhaje, Bedse, and Karla Caves: Photo 20

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As for Indra: "I do not claim finality in the solution I put forward here... I can only propose as a solution that we should see a reference in the relief to Samyuttanikaya, I, 1032-104, the second of the Marasamyuttas, in which Mara created the form of a gigantic elephant to frighten the Buddha.... [Note that] the elephant holds a third tree in his trunk, as if he had just torn it up in his rage."

Johnston, writing when travel was not so easy as it is today, concludes that "it would certainly be desirable that the next competent person who visits the cave should examine the relief with care and report its contents fully, as conclusions drawn from the photographs are exposed to error from misapprehension of the details." It seems that Johnston himself never saw the reliefs except in photographs.

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