The– the revered teacher and great role model – sits at the centre of this stela. Two shaven-headed stand immediately next to him. The two who form the next pair have “snail-shell” curls. The last two figures in this row wear the rich jewellery of an Indian prince and can be identified as .
These three pairs symbolize the different paths that thesays can lead to : one followed by a monk in a monastery, one followed by a “private” person like the Pratyekabuddha, and the compassion-filled one followed by the bodhisattva.