Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Indian Adept (siddha)

རྒྱ་གར་གྱི་གྲུབ་ཆེན། 印度大成就者
(item no. 15432)
Origin Location Eastern Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Shechen Archives - photographs
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Interpretation / Description

Eighty-four Mahasiddha of the Abhayadatta System based on the depictions documented by Jonang Taranata (1575-1635) as commissioned and painted as murals in the Ganden Puntsogling Monastery, Tibet. (See Abhayadatta Outline Page).

This painting belongs to an eleven painting set and depicts eight Indian adepts, siddhas, from early in the list following the Abhayadatta system: number 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12. The composition is the 2nd painting (R1) in the set and placed immediately to the proper right of the central painting.

Numbered List:
Top Center: Avalokiteshvara Jinasagara
5. Shavaripa, holding a bow and arrow (top right)
6. Saraha, holding an arrow (top middle)
7. Kankaripa, wearing a white robe (top left)
8. Minapa, standing on a fish (middle right)
9. Goraksha, with a herd of cows (middle left)
10. Chaurangipa, dark in colour (bottom right)
11. Vinapa, holding a stringed instrument (bottom center)
12. Shantipa, wearing a red hat (bottom left)

Jeff Watt 6-2009

Secondary Images
Related Items
Thematic Sets
Indian Adept Main Page (Mahasiddha)
Painting Set: Indian Adepts (84) - Palpung Composition
Collection of Shechen Archives: Gallery I