Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Vasudhara (Buddhist Deity)

ནོར་རྒྱུན་མ། ནང་ལྷ། 财源天母(佛教本尊)
(item no. 98436)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Size 86.36x86.36cm (34x34in)
Material Fine Gold Line on Paper
Collection Publication: Visual Dharma: The Buddhist Art of Tibet
Catalogue # Collection of the Newark Museum
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Vasudhara Yantra - auspicious for the acquisition and accumulation of wealth.

The central Vasudhara has one face and two hands with the right in a gesture of generosity holding a jewel and the left at the waist holding a stalk of grain. At the heart, written in a circle of Tibetan letters is the shortest mantra of Vasudhara - om va su dha ri ni sva ha. The right leg is pendant with the foot resting on a wealth vase and bowl of jewels. The left leg is drawn up in a relaxed posture; seated in the center of an eight petaled lotus.

Surrounding that, on the eight circling petals are eight forms of Vasudhara all identical in appearance except for the mantra in the heart which is different for each. Outside of that is a complete ring of Sanskrit mantras written with Tibetan letters followed by a further ring of vajras and then finally by a ring of flames representing the five wisdoms.

Jeff Watt 1-2008

Visual Dharma: The Buddhist Art of Tibet (list of image plates)

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