The Name of this thangka According to the Text book is "The Three Skandha Sutra".
Skanda Bodhisattva [Chin. 'Wei Tuo Pu Sa' or 'Wei Tuo'], is regarded in Chinese Buddhism as a devoted guardian and an honored Bodhisattva of Buddhist monasteries who guards the Dharma and the objects of the Dharma. He is the General-in-Chief of the thirty-two heavenly generals, depicted on this painting as Buddhas.
In most temples, his image traditionally faces the statue of the Buddha Shakyamuni in the main shrine.
According to the teaching, Skanda was the son of a virtuous king who had complete faith in Buddha's teachings. When Buddha entered nirvana, the Buddha instructed Skanda to guard the Dharma. It was his job to protect members of the Sangha when they are disturbed by Mara, the tempter.
A few days after the Buddha's passing and cremation, evil demons robbed his relics. Skanda's vow of protecting the faith and Dharma was proven when he managed to defeat the evil demons and managed to return the relics.
Skanda is described as a young man fully clad in the armor and headgear of a Chinese general, and is usually leaning on a vajra staff.
Skanda can also be seen as Vajrapani, who bears some relation to him. Also, Skanda, though only a deva, is very often addressed as a Bodhisattva. This is attributed to the fact that Skanda will attain Bodhi in the very distant future.
|23.2 x 24.4" | 59 x 62 cm
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