Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Vajrapani (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity)

ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ། 金刚手菩萨
(item no. 90135)
Origin Location Central Tibet
Date Range 1300 - 1399
Lineages Sakya
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Vajrapani (Tibetan: chag na dor je. English: the Vajra Holder): wrathful Tutelary Deity, representing the power of all Buddhas.

Sanskrit: Vajrapani Tibetan: chag na dor je

Along the bottom starting from the left is a donor figure wearing monastic robes and seated before an elaborate shrine. Following that are White Tara, Green Tara, Arapachana Manjushri, white Chaturbhuja Avalokiteshvara, yellow Parnashavari, White Achala, dark blue bhurkumkuta, Vaishravana riding a lion, Panjarnata Mahakala, Shri Devi and Sadhu Mahakala.

Numbered Image:
Center: Vajrapani, Nilambaradhara
1. Vajradhara
2. Vajrapani
3. Indian Teacher
4. Indian Teacher
5. Indian Teacher
6. Indian Teacher
7. Indian Teacher
8. Indian Teacher
9. Tibetan Teacher
10. Tibetan Teacher
11. Tibetan Teacher
12. Tibetan Teacher
13. Tibetan Teacher
14. Tibetan Teacher
15. Tibetan Teacher
16. Tibetan Teacher
17. Tibetan Teacher
18. Tibetan Teacher
19. Tibetan Teacher
20. Tibetan Teacher
21. Tibetan Teacher
22. Tibetan Teacher
23. Tibetan Teacher
D1. Mahachakra Vajrapani
D2. Wrathful Vajrapani
D3. Akshobhya Buddha
D4. Amitayus Buddha
D5. Buddha
D6. Buddha
D7. Wrathful Vajrapani
D8. Wrathful Vajrapani
D9. Wrathful Vajrapani
D10. Wrathful Deity
D11. Hayagriva
D12. Wrathful Female Deity
Donor Figure
D13. White Tara
D14. Green Tara
D15. Arapachana Manjushri
D16. Chaturbhuja Avalokiteshvara
D17. Yellow Parnashavari
D18. White Achala
D19. Bhurkumkuta
D20. Vaishravana Riding a Lion
D21. Panjarnata Mahakala
D22. Shri Devi
D23. Legden Mahakala

Jeff Watt3-2001

Secondary Images
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Collection: Private I
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Tradition: Shalu/Bulug Main Page
Buddhist Deity: Vajrapani (Types & Forms) Page
Subject: Lineage Composition (Greyscale)
Subject: Wrathful Deities & Function
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