Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Mandala of Achala (Buddhist Deity) - Chandamaharoshana (with consort)

མི་གཡོ་བ། 不动明王(梵名:阿遮罗)
(item no. 90915)
Origin Location Central Tibet
Date Range 1500 - 1599
Lineages Sakya and Ngor (Sakya)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton
Collection Carolyn and Wesley Halpert
Painting School Ngor
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Chanda Maharoshana Nine Deity Mandala (Tibetan: tro wo tum po chen po mi yo wa lha gu kyil khor): from the Father (method) division of Anuttarayoga Tantra.

In the center of the mandala with one face and two hands, blue in colour, is the principle deity Chanda Maharoshana (also referred to as Achala). The right hand is upraised holding a flaming sword of wisdom and the left placed at the heart holds a vajra lasso and embraces the consort. In a kneeling posture with the right knee touching the ground and the left raised up he sits surrounded by the bright red flames of pristine awareness. The consort blue Mamaki embraces with both legs.

In the four directions surrounding the central pair are Red, Green, White and Yellow Achalas, in a similar posture, along with their consorts sitting at the intermediate directions, in relaxed postures. At the four doors, T shaped structures, are four door guardians. The square palace structure sits atop a giant double vajra serving as the ground, above a huge lotus blossom with the petals forming a ring. Outside of that is a circle of gold vajras followed by the five coloured flames of pristine awareness. The source text for this deity is the Shri Vajrachandachittaguhya tantra.

Jeff Watt 4-2000

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