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Buddhist Deity: Marichi Iconography

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Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Iconography Description
- Marichi in a Stupa
- Riding a Chariot
- Riding a Sow
- Red Forms (all)
- Yellow Forms (all)
- Holding a Needle & Thread
- Mandalas
- As a retinue figure: Tara, Three Deity Configuration
- Others...

Faces & Arms:
- One Face, Two Hands: HAR #87489, Ashokanta, Others
- Three Faces, Six Hands
- Three faces, Eight Hands (Kalpoktam)
- Three Faces, Fourteen Hands
- Five Faces, Ten Hands (Kalpoktam Vidhini Sita)
- Six Faces, Twelve Hands: Odiyana, Odiyana Krama
- Others...

Videos:
- Marich: Goddess of the Dawn
- Sow Faced Deities

Drub Thab Gyatsa:
29. Oddiyana Marichi
3O. Kalpoktam Marichi
31. Kalpoktam Vidhina Sita Marichi
32. Ashokakanta Marichi
33. Oddiyana Krama Marichi

Drub Thab Gyatso:
70. Marichi (1), White with Five Faces and Ten Hands
71. Marichi (2), Yellow with Three Faces and Eight Hands
72. Marichi (3), Yellow with Three Faces and Eight Hands
73. Marichi (4), Dharmadhatu Ishvari, Red with Six Faces and Twelve Hands
74. Marichi (5), Pichumi, Yellow with Three Face and Eight Hands
75. Marichi (6), Red with Three Faces and Twelve Hands

Mitra Gyatsa:
6. Marichi 25 Deity Mandala

Marichi Profile:
Gender: Female
Identity: Individual deity (not an emanation)
Tantra Identity: Mother of the Tatagata Family of Kriya Tantra
Tantra Class: Kriya Tantra
Source Text: Marichinama Dharani, Mayamarichijata Tantra
Function/activity: Removing obstacles
Metaphor: Light

Special Characteristics:
Appearance: Peaceful, semi-peaceful or wrathful
Colour: Yellow, red, black or white
Attributes: needle, thread
Consort: (none)
Mount: pig (sow), chariot drawn by pigs, horse

[29] Oddiyana Marichi, [six faces, twelve hands].
In the middle of the circle of the eight great charnal grounds is a vase stupa. Inside is a chariot drawn by seven pigs. ...Marichi, with a body red in colour. [With] six faces, the main face is red, the two right faces black and white, the two left faces yellow and green and above a black pig face. All six possess three eyes and bared fangs. The right six of the twelve hands hold, a sword, wheel, pestle, arrow, axe and a one pronged vajra. The six left, a wrathful gesture together with a lasso, skullcup, branch of the ashoka tree, Brahma's head, a bow and a trident. Carrying a katvanga in the bend of the left elbow. Brown hair bristling upwards. A necklace of human heads and adorned with jewels and snakes. Wearing a lower garment of tiger skin. Seated in a manner with the left leg extended. In front is Devi, with a body red in colour, one face [and] four hands. The right [hands] hold a vajra and needle. The left, a branch of the ashoka tree and a wrathful gesture together with a lasso. Wearing a yellow inner garment and a lower garment of tiger skin. Adorned with jewel ornaments. Seated in the vajrasana [posture].

[30] Kalpoktam Marichi.
Inside a vase stupa ...Marichi, with a body yellow in colour, three faces and eight hands. The main face is yellow, the right red and the left a blue pig face. Each face has three eyes. The four right hands hold, a vajra, hook, arrow and needle. The four left, a branch of the ashoka [tree], bow, thread and a wrathful gesture. Wearing a red inner garment and adorned with jewels and a garland of small bells. In the east is red Vettali with a pig face. [With] four hands the right hold, a needle and hook. The left, a lasso and [branch of] the ashoka tree. Wearing a red inner garment. In the south is yellow Vadali with four hands, the right hold a branch of the ashoka [tree] and a needle, the left a vajra and lasso. In the west is white Varali with four hands, the right [hold] a vajra and needle, the left a lasso and branch of ashoka [tree]. In the north is red Varahamukhi with three eyes [and] four hands. The right hold a vajra and arrow, the left a lasso and branch of the ashoka [tree]. Also, all are youthful maidens, adorned with all ornaments. Seated in a posture with the left leg extended.

[31] Kalpoktam Vidhina Sita Marichi.
Inside a vase stupa on a lotus [and] moon, ...White Marichi with five faces, ten hands and four legs. The main face is white, the right black, the left a red pig face, behind is a
green face and above is a yellow face. The five right hands hold, a sun disc, a blue vajra, arrow, hook and needle. The five left, a moon disc, bow, branch of the ashoka tree, wrathful gesture together with a lasso and a thread. Adorned with jewels and a garland of small bells. Wearing a white inner and lower garment. [Seated] above a chariot drawn by seven pigs, in a manner with the left leg extended pressing [down on] Vishnu, Shiva, Indra and Brahma. In front of the chariot a crocodile is resting, above is black Great Devi Pig Face with one face and two hands, [holding a] vajra and wrathful gesture. In the right direction is red Great Devi Pig Face with four hands. The right [hands] hold a hook and needle, the left, a wrathful gesture together with a lasso and thread. In the left direction is red Great Devi Pig Face with four hands. The first two [hands] hold a bow and arrow drawn near to the ear, the lower two, a vajra and branch of the ashoka [tree]. Also, each of the three have jewel ornaments and garments of silk. Seated in a manner with the left leg extended. Under the pig drawn chariot is the sun, etc. and the nine planets resting in the form of a man as the accumulated hindrances of mischief causers.

[32] Ashokanta Marichi.
On the back of a yellow pig is a lotus and moon, ...Marichi, yellow, [with] one face and two hands. The right [in the gesture of] supreme generosity, the left holding a branch of the ashoka tree. Having jewel ornaments and garments of silk. Standing with the legs straight.

[33] Oddiyana Krama Marichi, [six faces, twelve hands].
Marichi, with a body red in colour, six faces and twelve hands. The main face is red, the two right faces blue and black, the two left faces white and black and a black pig face above. Each has three eyes and bared fangs. The right six of the twelve hands hold, a sword, vishvavajra, one pronged vajra, axe, arrow and pestle. The left six, a wrathful gesture together with a needle, trident, branch of the ashoka [tree], bow, lasso and Brahma's head. Brown hair bristling upwards. Adorned with a garland of human heads and bone ornaments. Wearing a tiger skin as a lower garment. Laughing fiercely [with] Ha Ha and seated in a posture with the left foot extended, subduing the four maras.

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Jeff Watt [5-2019]

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