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The famous scene depicted here is found in almost all versions of the Lalita. It has to do with the fact that the Buddha's father, who somehow felt his son was predestined for something beyond human dimensions, sought to deflect the attraction of a religious life by surrounding him with luxury. Here we see the prince in the company of royal concubines reclining in his arms; one of them looks at herself in a mirror. Most surprisingly, this same group of three reappears in a painting at Ajanta (S. central India): this pure coincidence is quite amazing, even if the story is somewhat marginal to the Lalita.


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