Mithunas, Chaitya-Griha, Karle, 1st century BCE, Maharashtra. Mithunas, or loving couples, are made on the facade of the chaitya-griha at Karle. These yakshas and yakshis are the earliest deities represented in Indian art. They present the fruitful abundance of nature. This is maya, which we must leave behind at the gateway in order to proceed towards true knowledge.