Celestial Drummer (Gandharva)
Halebid, Karnataka, southern India
Musuem no. IM.302-1920
The largest group within the Jain pantheon (after the deities that also worshipped by Hindus and the yakshas and yakshis nature spirits), consists of celestial beings such as the goddesses of magical powers (vidyadevis), who preside over esoteric rites and number as many as 48,000; heavenly musicians (gandharvas), as shown here, who attend and extol the Jinas and divine attendants serving as honorific flywhisk bearers.