Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Tara, Twenty-0ne (Suryagupta Tradition)

Tara (Suryagupta Tradition)

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Description (below)
- Twenty-One Taras
--- Single Composition Paintings
--- Painting Set 1 (Khyenri Style)
--- Painting Set 2 (Guge Style)
--- Painting Set (Lhantab)
--- Painting Set (Palpung)
--- Twenty-one Taras Sculpture Set 1
--- Name List & Images of the Twenty One Taras
--- Tara as Minor Figure
--- Red Card Set
--- Twenty-one Taras Main Page
--- Systems of Twenty-one Taras Outline
- Tara Main Page
- Confusions
- Others...

- Twenty-one Taras
- Twenty-One Taras of Suryagupta

Source Text: 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha: Namastāraikaviṃśati­stotra. Praise to Tārā with Twenty-One Verses of Homage (Namastāraikaviṃśati­stotra­guṇa­hitasahita, sgrol ma la phyag ’tshal nyi shu rtsa gcig gis bstod pa phan yon dang bcas pa)

The Suryagupta Tradition is the most iconographically complex. In the Atisha system all the Taras appear in the same basic appearance and only differ in the colour of the body. Green is considered the primary colour of Tara based on other teaching lineages describing Tara in solitary form or with the accompanying deities Marichi and Ekajati. However green is not included in the enumeration of the Twenty-one Taras of Atisha. There are four red Taras, six white, three yellow, four orange, two maroon (red-black) and two black Taras for a total of 21.

Jeff Watt 6-2006 [updated 5-2017, 3-2021]

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