Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Vajrayogini, Khechari Manadala

Vajrayogini Iconography Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Paintings
- Mandala Plate
- Three-dimensional Mandalas
- Figurative Mandalas
- Symbolic Mandalas
- Textiles
- Others...

There are two main example types of Vajrayogini mandalas. The first is mandala paintings and drawings which are intended to be displayed vertically. The second type is mandala plates which are used in ritual practice are are intended to lay flat as the center piece of a permanent or temporary shrine. The majority of examples below are mandala plates. In the Sakya and related traditions rather than creating a typical mandala painting the custom is to depict Vajrayogini in the Khechara Pureland standing atop a double tetrahedron, inside a palace structure, surrounded by the lineage of teachers.

Figurative mandalas depict the main deity at the center along with some or all of the surrounding retinue figures. Symbolic mandalas display a round coloured circle to depict each of the deity figures. Alternately letters can be used to depict each of the figures.

Jeff Watt [updated 11-2020]