Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Vajrapani (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity) - Bhutadamara

ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ། 金刚手菩萨
(item no. 30109)
Origin Location Tibet
Lineages Buddhist
Material Metal
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Vajrapani Bhutadamara (Tibetan: chung bu dul she chag na dor je. English: the Vajra Holder, Subduer of Daemons).

"...the King of the Wrathful, Shri Vajrapani Bhutadamara, with a body blue-black in colour, one face, four hands. The first right hand holds aloft a blue vajra with tines open and the left in a wrathful gesture and holding a vajra lasso. The two main hands perform the daemon subduing mudra at the heart. The mouth has bared fangs and curled tongue, three round red eyes glaring fiercely, orange mustache, eyebrows and hair blazing upward, with a crown of five dry skulls and a necklace of fifty wet. Adorned with eight great nagas and wearing a lower garment of tiger skin and an upper robe of blue silk. Standing with the right leg bent and left straight - pressing on Bhuta Aparajita lying face down; white, with three eyes, four hands. The right holds a drum and curved knife, left a skullcup and trident, wearing a tiger skin as a lower garment and yellow hair in a top knot - standing in the middle of a fiercely blazing fire of pristine awareness." (Written by Ngorchen Konchog Lhundrub, 1497-1557. sGrub Thabs Kun bTus, vol.6, folios 6-8. Translation: Vancouver, August 1984).

Jeff Watt 2-2014

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