Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Vajrayogini, Varahi (Painting Masterworks)

Vajrayogini, Varahi Main Page | Masterworks Female Iconography, 女神

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Painting (below)
- Sculpture
- Textile: #49063, #65216
- Mandala

Vajrayogini is the principal female deity of the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Tantras. She is represented in many different forms, colours, peaceful, semi-peaceful/wrathful and very wrathful. She can have a single face or many faces and arms.

Vajrayogini in the form of Vajravarahi is one of the most popular Tantric female deities found in all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. In this guise she has one face, two hands and two legs, red in colour, standing in a dancing posture. The special iconographic attribute is a sow head (varahi) placed either on her right side of the head or on the top of head. Sometimes she is called the 'two-faced' Vajrayogini (shal nyi ma).

Jeff Watt 3-2003