Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Vajrapani (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity) - Nilambhara

ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ། 金刚手菩萨
(item no. 88048)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Lineages Sakya and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Black Background on Cotton
Collection Victoria and Albert Museum
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Vajrapani, Nilambaradhara (Tibetan: chag na dor je. English: the Vajra Holder, Wearing a Blue Cloak): wrathful Deity, representing the power of all Buddhas.

At the top center is Akshobhya Buddha with eight Indian and Tibetan lineage teachers seated to the right and left sides. Descending at the right side is Chanda Vajrapani and Vajra Humkara. Descending on the left side is Bhutadamara Vajrapani and an unidentified form of Vajrapani (inscription effaced).

At the bottom center is Vajrapani, wrathful, with eight faces and sixteen arms. At the left side is Takkiraja, red in colour, wrathful, holding a hook upraised. Seated on the right side is wrathful Jvalanala (metar barwa), blue in colour, holding a vajra and bell.

Sanskrit: Vajrapani Tibetan: chag na dor je

Jeff Watt 9-2021

84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha: Nilamabara Vajrapani (Bhagavannīlāmbara­dhara­vajra­pāṇi­tantra, bcom ldan ’das phyag na rdo rje gos sngon po can gyi rgyud ces bya ba)

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