Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Manjushri (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity) - Arapachana

འཇམ་དཔལ་དབྱངས། 文殊师利菩萨
(item no. 77059)
Origin Location Tibet
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Publication: Wisdom Publications, Calender
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Peaceful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

White Manjushri with additional forms along with Sarasvati and Prajnaparamita.

Video: A Manjushri Painting: HAR 77059

At the top center is Vagishvara Raja, red in colour, with one face and two hands placed in the a gesture of meditation (see an example with inscription). At the top left is Arapachana, orange, holding upraised a sword with the left hand and the stem of an utpala flower support a folio text with the left hand. At the top right is Vadi Raja Manjushri seated atop a blue lion.

Descending on the left side is White Sarasvati and below that White Arapachana Manjushri. Descending on the right side is Vidyadhara Pitaka Samkshepta Manjushri (?) and below that Maha Sarasvati.

At the bottom center is Siddhaikavira White Manjushri. At the right side is Sarasvati, white, with one face and four arms holding a vina instrument in the first pair of hands. On the left side is White Prajnaparamita according to the Vajrapanjara Tantra tradition.

Jeff Watt 8-2022

Sanskrit: Manjushri Tibetan: Jam pal yang

Wisdom Calendar 1990 - June (full catalog list)

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