Dharmapala Thangka CentreSchool of Thangka Painting

15.19 Ushnishavijaya

Tib.: kha dro ma

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This mandala shows the three-faced, ten-eyed, and eight-handed victorious Ushnishavijaya - this is how her name is translated. She is an emanation of Vairochana Buddha. She is one of the three longevity deities in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon, along with Amitayus and White Tara. So she is worshipped as the auspicious patroness of long life.

She is regarded as the guardian of the Buddha wisdom. Corresponding to her name she is said to have her seat in the cranial protuberance [ushnisha] of the Buddha. Populary she is offen called "the mother of all Buddhas". The left [blue] one of her three faces is wrathful.

Her upper right hand holds a Buddha on a lotus throne. In front of her chest the goddess carries a double vajra [dorjee] and an arrow [sara]. With her ower right hand she displays the gesture of gift bestowing [varada mudra]. Three of her left hands hold the water bottle [kalasa], the noose [pasa], and the bow [capa]. The fourth hand is raised in the gesture of protection and reassurance [abhaya mudra].

This Thangka shows a popular way to represent deities. A large central image is surrounded by smaller ones in an arrangement that symbolizes limitlessness. Specific deities are invoked for a long life, including the central deity Ushnishavijaya. The painting of such Thangkas is regarded as meritorious for both donor and artist; the greater the number of images, the more merit is accumulated. Such Thangkas may have been consecrated during the observance of the appropriate rites of longevity.

The number "108" plays an important role in the iconography of Tibetan Buddhism. It is the product of multiplying the 12 months of the year by the nine planets. It also is the number of prayer beads on a mala, which is a Buddhist type of rosary used for counting repetitions of mantras.

Measurements: 15.7 x 23.6 " | 40 x 60 cm
Price: on request
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany or Nepal
Farbe: Black Background Version
Material: Natural Stone Colors