38. Visit of Cakra

This scene at any rate is quite outside the course of the story as we know it from the Divyavadana. Foucher is inclined to think this the moment when the young prince takes leave of his father when setting out on a journey!), but this can not be accepted as the explanation, because it is evident that the Leave-taking prince" is no other than Qakra, king of the gods. His appearance at this point of the story is a complete surprise, but the enlightenment may come to us from some other version of the Mandhatar tale.

The king, of whom we cannot be sure if he is Uposadha or already Mandhatar, sits on a wide couch with a back, in a pendapa; on this same seat is the queen and between them a rather-damaged third figure, possibly a second woman or it might equally well be Mandhatar grown into a youth. Next to the throne some female attendants stand and kneel. Outside the pendapa we see the king's guard armed with sword and shield, and in the background the royal umbrella and an elephant with his mahout. On the left of the pendapa opposite the king a figure kneels on a bench, dressed in royal or godlike garments, and judging by the flowers in his hands, offering homage. His retinue are sitting on the ground behind him, first the umbrella-bearer and next the unmistakable figure of Airavata, with the elephant's trunk in his headdress, elephant ears and the angku~a on his shoulder. This makes it certain that the kneeling visitor can be no other than Cakra. The rest of the attendants are armed with sword and shield or bow and arrows, while in the background a standard and a fruit tree are to be seen.