Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Jambhala (Buddhist Deity) - Yellow

ཛམ་བྷཱ་ལྷ། ནང་ལྷ། 财神(佛教本尊)
(item no. 54415)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Field Museum of Natural History
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: King

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Jambhala, Pita (Yellow Jambhala): surrounded by one hundred and eight smaller forms, belonging to the category of a wealth deity in Buddhist Tantric Religion.

Yellow Jambhala is found both in Kriya and Anuttarayoga Tantra. The Yellow Jambhala is particularly associated with the Vajrapanjara Tantra and the meditational deity Hevajra. There are numerous forms of Jambhala both peaceful and wrathful and depicted in a range of colours. (See the Jambhala Main Page and the Jambhala Outline Page).

"Yellow Jambhala with one face and two hands. The right [hand] holds a bijapuraka [fruit] and the left a mongoose with jewels showering down. [With] two feet pressing down on a conch and lotus treasure. Adorned with a blue utpala garland and jewel ornaments." (Konchog Lhundrub, 1497-1557. From the One Hundred Methods of Accomplishment).

Jeff Watt 7-2010

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