72. Mahakatyayana preaches at the court
In a hall of the palace with side elevations, right and left, sit the two chief persons, the monk and the king.The latteris on a throne with makara carved back and an attendant sits behind the throne with a bowl. The monk is on the left in the place of honor at the king's right hand, while his seat indicates the reverence paid him, for it is higher than that of the monarch and has a curious niche-shaped cover resting on columns. Mahakatyayana's right hand is stretched out in the attitude of preaching; the gesture of the left seems to me suited to argument, although possibly Foucher may be right in thinking it one of refusal, in answer to the request for him to preach in the women's apartment. Two of the royal attendants are sitting in the right wing of the building; the rest of the seekers after salvation, the courtiers, are in the left wing and outside the hall, in the open air to judge by the trees. The royal umbrella is also here set up. The king himself, it seems by his attitude, is pondering over what he hears; as to the rest of the audience, some shew their interest in the sermon by making a sembah, others hold up a hand and others again have flowers; all listen with great attention.