This bell has the resemblance of a votive stupa. The National Museum, New
Delhi has in its collection a 9th century Nalanda model of a votive stupa
and the Mainamati itself. They both have, more or less, an alike appearance.
In its model this bell greatly corresponds to them. But besides such stupa
resemblance the bell has no other Buddhist motif. It has rather carved on
it, and quite prominently, Lord Vishnu's ten incarnations, the Dasavatara,
namely, Matsyavatara, Kurmavatara, Varahavatara, Narsinghavatara,
Vamanavatara, Parashuramavatara, Ramavatara, Krishnavatara, Buddhavatara and
Kalkiavatara, which is a pure Vaishnava theme.
Below is an arabesque panel. It contains besides creepers and flowers,
various deities, including Lakshmi, Ganesha, and Saraswati, further
cementing the auspiciousness of the bell.
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