|Research Project on the Sculptural Art of Densatil|
|Following below was
the fourth tier called the tier of Buddhas. On all four directions certain
forms of Buddha resided who were surrounded by
a given number of miniature Buddhas which were spread over the lateral
panels. These minor figures were executed in bas-relief and corresponded
to the very direction they were located, thus, for instance, small effigies
of Akshobhya with his characteristic earth touching gesture were found
on the eastern direction.|
Below this tier was the tier of the offering goddesses. A variety of female deities was on the central panels of the four directions such as Dhvajagrakeyura, Ekajati and Mahasahasrapramardana at the central panel of the west, for instance. Both panels to the left and right were occupied by offering goddesses whose iconographical depiction derived from a certain text related to the Cakrasamvara liturgy. These sixteen offering goddesses (arranged in four groups) were repeated at each direction. (5+6)
They carry certain utensils or display certain gestures, thus indicating the particular offering they symbolise. For instance, one group of goddesses offers flowers (pushpa), incense (dhupa), light (aloka) and perfumed water (gandha).
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