Buddha’s miracle at Sharvasti

In cave number 90 at Kanheri Caves, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

This art panel is oriented to Mahayana Buddhism. Shravasti was 1 of the 6 great Indian cities during the time of Buddha and one of the 8 holy places of Buddhism.

Just like AshtaVinayak (8 sacred temples of Lord Ganesh), there were 8 sacred sites of Buddhism:

4 places related to events in Buddha’s life: Lumbini Park, Gaya, Sarnath, Kushinagar &

4 places where Buddha performed miracles: Shravasti, Sankisa, Rajagriha & Vaishali.


King Prasenjit who was a Buddhist follower faced a challenge from his former faith, to prove how Buddha excelled them in miraculous powers.

Buddha accepted the challenge on king’s behalf and fixed the time and place for exhibition.

Shravasti Miracle:

Buddha caused a mango tree to sprout up in a day and under it created a huge array of representations of himself, seated and standing on lotuses and causing fire & water to emanate from his body.

Identifying characters in the art panel:

Buddha (white circle) is seated on the lotus in European posture (pralambapadana) and in posture of turning the wheel of law (Dharmachakrapravartanamudra).

Buddha is attended by 2 Bodhisattvas, Padmapani (orange) and Vajrapani (red), who are standing on lotuses.

The stalk of the main lotus is held by 2 nagas, Nanda & Upananda (blue), attended by 2 nagis (green), 1 on either side pf the naga pair.

2 devotees (yellow) can be seen on each side in the lower panel.

Behind and above the central Buddha, a mango tree is depicted with leaves, tiny fruits, bird (light green) & a monkey (light blue).

In upper corners, 2 flying dwarfs (pink) are shown.

All the details opf the Shravasti miracle, with the exception of Buddha multiplying himself are shown in this art panel at cave number 90 in Kanheri cluster.