The painting of Bodhisattva Padmapani is one of the most famous and oft-illustrated paintings at:
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- Ajanta features notable paintings depicting scenes from the Jataka stories, which narrate the life of Gautama Buddha and his previous lives as a bodhisattva.
- Cave 1 of Ajanta showcases paintings of various Bodhisattvas depicted in the tribhanga pose. These include Vajrapani, symbolizing the Buddha’s power and acting as a protector and guide; Manjusri, representing the manifestation of the Buddha’s wisdom; and Padmapani (Avalokitesvara), symbolizing the Buddha’s compassion.
- Cave no. 16 at Ajanta houses the captivating painting known as the Dying Princess.
Therefore, option (a) is the correct answer.