|On this Buddha
said, "The Bhikshus who live in their monasteries shall every day offer you food out
of their portion for nourishment." Therefore, in the convents of the western world,
either within the porch of the gates or by the side of the kitchen, they paint on the wall
a figure of the mother holding a child, and below sometimes five, sometimes three others
in the foreground.
Every day they place before this
image a dish of food for her portion ofnourishment. She is the most powerful among the
followers (retinue) of the four heavenly kings (Deva rajas). The sick, and those without
children, offer her food to obtain their wishes.
" According to Mr. Beal, "The Chalukyas and other
royal families of the Dekhan claim to be descendants of Hariti (Haritiputra). The above
account from I-tsing relates to the figure of Hariti in the Varaha temple of Tamralipti.
Possibly this temple may have been a Chalukya foundation, for the Varaha (boar) was one of
their principal insignia."16
15. Bengal District Gazetteers, Midnapore by L.S.S.
O'Malley, pp. 224.
16. Buddhist Records of the Western World, Vol. I.