A torana is an archway or gateway. As the
'six-ornament' enlightenment throne of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, its upper arch
is traditionally decorated with motifs of mythological creatures, with a
or kirtimukha at its top, and a pair of symmetrical
naga kanyas and
makaras below. Its sides are usually decorated with the motifs of a
jeweled crossbar, a pair of young gods or devas, two hybrid antelopes or
sharabha, two lions and two elephants. Exquisite carved wood or stone
toranas can still be found in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. In south
Indian architecture and art the torana often takes the form of an elaborately
carved gateway, there known as a gopura.
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The above sculpture shows
Shakyamuni Buddha seated in front of a very intricately carved Torana.