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Guge Vajrapani Tsa Tsa [7]

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This at least 300-year-old Tsa Tsa comes from Tibetan kingdom of Guge. It shows the Bodhisattva Vajrapani [Tibetan: Chagna Dorje, ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།] standing on a single layered lotus throne.

The mighty kingdom ruled Western Tibet for over 700 years from the 9th to the 17th century. In the 17th century however, the empire of Guge had been crushed due to its involvement in a deadly war caused by an invasion from neighbouring Ladakh and a rebellion of the Guge monks.

Guge, which geographically connected India with the Tibetan hinterland, played an important role in spreading the Buddhist teachings. Up to the present day the ruins of Guge´s former capital Tsaparang tower above the Sutlej Valley, not far from Mount Kailash and 1,200 miles [1,900 km] west of Lhasa.

It shows Bodhisattva Vajrapani. Mantras in Tibetan U-Me script surround him like an arch. Many people thought that [due to his terriffic image] Vajrapani belongs to the groups of Dharmapalas [protectors of the buddhist doctrine]. Actual Vajrapani belongs to the category of Bodhisattvas.Vajrapani is a famous celestial Bodhisattva, he represents the concentrated power of all Buddhas. He is a complex deity with various forms. He is most frequently encountered in his fierce emanation, in which he is a powerful protector and remover of obstacles.

It is also said that Vajrapani will become the last Buddha to appear in this world cycle. Vajrapaniis often grouped with the Bodhisattvas Avalokiteshvara and Manjushri. The three celestial Bodhisattvas are thought of as archangelic protectors, representing the power [Vajrapanai], compassion [Avalokiteshvara] and wisdom [Manjushri].

He fights a spiritual battle against the forces of ignorance, craving and samsara. He is a blue Tantric figure that is surrounded mostly by a flamed halo, and wears a garland of skulls and a wreath of snakes.

Measurements: 2 x 1.5 x 0.6" | 5.0 x 3.8 x 1.5 cm
Price: 92 $ | 95 €
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Clay
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