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Yamantaka Vajrabhairava

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Yamantaka Vajrabhairava is one of the most important of all Gelukpa archetype deities, representing the adamantine wisdom of ultimate reality in triumph over evil, suffering, and death. He is the wrathful form of the Bodhisattva Manjushri, whose benign princely head appears in gold color with crown and earrings at the top of Yamantaka's Stack of heads. In order to conquer Death, the compassionate Bodhisattva assumes the buffalo-headed form of Yamataka, Lord of Death. With his other eight faces, sixteen legs, and thirty-two arms, he expresses the many facets of his inconceivable enlightenment, and manifests a power far greater than Yama.

His name «Bhairava» means “terrifier.” In his name, Yamantaka, contains the name «Yama», the Lord of Death — although when combined with “antaka” it actually means the «Destroyer of Death».

He is a wrathful, buffalo-headed meditational deity and a dharma protector and one of the principal three meditational deities of the Gelug school. It was Tsongkapa , the founder of the Gelug Tradition, who instituted Vajrabhairava as the principal Gelugpa meditation practice

He has 9 heads, 32 arms, 16 legs treading on gods, men and beasts alike.

The numerous attributes of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava [already 32 different ones in his hands] cannot be represented on a tsa tsa this size. They are at best hinted at here. For a detailed overview, see our iconographic explanations

Age: probably 12th to 13th cent.


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Measurements: 1.6 x 1.5 x 0.4 " | 4.0 x 3.9 x 1.0 cm
Price: 188 $ | 160 €
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Clay
Download: High resolution [0.7 MB, 2092 x 2548 px.]
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