Depicting Yogambara Thangka

Yogambara Thangka

Depicting Yogambara Thangka

who is also known as a meditational deity. Yogambara is also belonging to the -mother. He is also belonging to the classification of which is made by the famous in the text, a compendium of practices, of the Indian Pandita , and also through the tradition of Marpa and Ngog .

The iconography of Yogambara



Yogambara is black in color. He is with three faces i.e. black, white and red. He has three eyes each.

Yogambara is With six arms. The first two hands of Yogambara hold a and while embracing the mother. The remaining right hands of Yogambara caress the breast of the consort and hold an arrow.

The left hands of the Yogambara hold a skullcup and . A jewel, crescent moon and vishvavajra adorn the black hair as an ornament. Yogambara is with a garland of five skulls.

He has worn Five as a crown which contains the six . He has worn a tiger tied loosely behind.  He Sits in the posture called savasana in the lap is the mother , white who is with one face and two hands.

The right-hand holds a staff and the left a skullcup – embracing the father.  He is adorned with the five mudras.  Yogambara is with Semi-wrathful in appearance.

Yogambara is dark blue in color. He has three faces i.e. blue, white and red. The main pair of hands hold a vajra and bell in a gesture of embrace.

The second right of Yogambara caresses the breast of the consort Jnana Dakini. The third holds aloft an arrow. The second left of Yogambara holds a white skullcup and the third upraised a bow.

He is seated in the relaxed posture atop a disc, lotus, and a lion white .  He is surrounded by a red-orange nimbus and a dark green aureole beneath an ornate canopy decorated with streamers. At the top center of the Yogambara is .

Surrounding Buddha of the Yogambara

Yogambara is who is white and holding a vajra and bell embracing the consort Vajra Garvi. Yogambara is Surrounded by the  following buddha who sits at the top of the cloud are presented below:

  1. Krishnapada
  2. A
  3. A layman


Nagarjuna who is widely considered one of the most important Buddhist philosophers. Along with his disciple .  He is considered to be the founder of the school of .

Nagarjuna is also credited with developing the of the . In some sources, having revealed these in the world, having recovered them from the spirits often depicted in the form of serpent-like humans.

Furthermore, he is traditionally supposed to have written several treatises on Rasayana as well as serving a term as the head of .

History of the Yogambara

Jnana Dakini

Jnana Dakini

On the upper left side of the Yogambara is the solitary form of Jnana Dakini. Jnana Dakini is with three faces and six hands.

At the proper left side of the is the heavenly realm of Buddha known as the Abhirati Pureland.

Yogambara is Slightly below a monk flies. He is upward on a trail of the cloud and ascending to the heavenly realm. In the middle left a group of tantric to enjoy a feast.

At the right of Yogambara is a white goddess with one face and four hands holds a vase to the heart with the first pair and perform mudras gestures with the second. At the bottom left of the Yogambara, there is a red goddess.

Goddess is with four hands dances atop a corpse and lotus seat. In the center,  of the Yogambara there is a yellow goddess with four hands holds of while disgorging precious jewels onto a heap below. At the right of Yogambara, there is Shri who is blue-black in color and with one face and four hands.

Shridevi is riding atop a brown mule in a sea of blood surrounded by billowing . The deity Yogambara arises from the Chaturpita and is typically surrounded by a 77 deity . The practice was popularized in by Marpa the Translator and his student Ngog Lotsawa.

Yogambara art works across the Himalayas

The Yogambara Deity is also found in many other and across Tibet, , and .

Mandala of Yogambara with three faces and six arms

 ནམ་མཁའི་རྣལ་འབྱོར། ནང་ལྷ།   瑜伽虚佛(佛教本尊)

Mandala of Yogambara with Three Faces and Six Arms

Mandala of Yogambara with Three Faces and Six Arms

Origin Location Tibet
Material Mineral Pigment on
Collection Publication: Wisdom Publications, Calender

Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Semi-Peaceful

Gender: Male

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