Buddha en route to Lumbini via Snake

Here is a fantastic carving above a monastery in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square.  In the middle is the Buddha riding a snake while Indra holds a parasol:

This is quite a popular scene in Nepali Buddhist art, (you can see another version below the Golden Window in Patan) one which shows the gods as subservient to the Buddha after his enlightenment.

Thanks to GB for showing me!

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