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Buddhist Deity: Vajravidarana Iconography

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Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Iconography Description
- White
- Green
- Blue, Wrathful
- Purification Deities
- Purification Deities Outline
- Confusions: Vajrasattva, Vajrapani
- Others...

Video: Vajravidarana

Kriya Tantra:
- Blue, Wrathful, Fifteen Deity (15) Mandala (Shavaripa). #89198, 58156
- White, Peaceful, Nineteen Deity (19) Mandala (Shavaripa). #58154
- Blue, Wrathful Twenty-three Deity (23) Mandala (Mitra Gyatsa). #79047
- Blue, Wrathful, Ninety-seven Deity (97) Mandala (Lhodrag Khenchen). #58155

Anuttarayoga Tantra:
- Blue, Wrathful, Seventy-five Deity (75) Mandala (Virupa). Example 1

The principal attribute of Vajravidarana is a double vajra held in the right hand. In peaceful form, Vajravidarana is almost identical in appearance with the meditational deity Vajrasattva. The two deities are differentiated by the double or single vajra and in painting by the colour of the body. Vajravidarana is often depicted with three eyes while Vajrasattva generally has only two. Textually there is a strong relationship between the deities Vajravidarana, Vajrapani and Achala. The Shangpa Kagyu tradition also has a form of Vajravidarana which appears almost identical to Krodha Vajrapani.

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Jeff Watt [added 4-2020]


Source Texts:

Toh 750/949. The Incantation of Vajravidāraṇā. རྡོ་རྗེ་རྣམ་འཇོམས་ཀྱི་གཟུངས། · rdo rje rnam 'joms kyi gzungs. vajravidāraṇādhāraṇī. (3 pages).

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).