Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Indian Adept (siddha) - Virupa

རྒྱ་གར་གྱི་གྲུབ་ཆེན། 印度大成就者
(item no. 65377)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1500 - 1599
Lineages Sakya
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Mahasiddha

Gender: Male

TBRC: bdr:P3293

Interpretation / Description

The Indian adepts (mahasiddha) Virupa, Kanha, Damarupa and Avadhutipa from the Margaphala lineage (Tibetan: lam dre bu dang che pa. English: the Path Together with the Result) of the Sakya Tradition. This painting is the 2nd composition from a larger set portraying all of the lineage teachers of the Lamdre tradition.

Starting at the top right (proper), the third figure in is the blue Primordial Buddha Vajradhara followed to his right by the brown coloured mahasiddha Virupa, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, etc. all descending down the right side. This is the Near Lineage of the Marghapala teaching system. Moving to the left of Vajradhara is the red Vajrayogini followed by Naropa and the Nepalese Pamting brothers and the lineage of teachers for the practice of Vajrayogini. Both lineages end at the bottom register separated by the principal Sakya protector Panjarnata Mahakala.

Jeff Watt 8-2004

Front of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: No Inscriptions.

Reverse of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: Consecration prayers and mantras.

Secondary Images
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