Interpreting Blue Tara Ekajati

Interpreting Blue Tara Ekajati

is  Mahacinatara also known as one of the 21 . Ekajati is along with deity is one of the most powerful and fierce of .

Ekajati is the protector of secret and “as the mother of the mothers of all the ” represents the ultimate unity.  She is the most important protector of the Vajrayana , especially the and terms.

The History of the Deity Ekajati

In this segment, we will learn about the of the Ekajati, after that, the  Short etymological description of the word Ekajati itself.

Ekajati is one of the most powerful and fierce goddesses of Indo- mythology.

Derivation of the Ekajati

Ekajati is also known as “Blue Tara”, Tara, or “Ugra Tara”. She is generally considered one of the three principal protectors of the school along with Rahula and Vajrasadhu.

Ekajati appears as a liberator in the of the . Along with that, her ascribed powers are removing the of enemies, spreading , and removing personal hindrances on the path to .

Ekajati is with Twelve Faces and Twenty-four Hands. The meaning of Ekajati is ral chig ma shal chu nyi chag nyi shu tsa shi in .  And Ekajati is also known as One Braid in English.

Earlier, we studied the history of the Ekajati. Now we are going to learn about the of the Ekajati.

Iconography of the Ekajati

In the iconography of the Ekajati, we will learn about her posture, hand and leg gesture,  and different representations of the Ekajati in thangka and statue.

Stance of the Ekajati

Goddess Ekajati is blue-black in color with twelve faces. Ekajati has the main face black. Ekajati has the five right faces the first is white, second yellow, third green, fourth red, and fifth smoky-colored.

Ekajati has the five left faces the first is red, second white, third yellow, fourth green, and fifth red-white. The upper face of Ekajati is smoky-colored.

Ekajati is with bared fangs and the brow gathered in a frow. Ekajati has each face three round red eyes. Ekajati has the twenty-four hand.

The right hand’s of Ekajati hold a sword, vajra, wheel, jeweled , hook, arrow, spear, hammer, pestle, curved knife, hand-, and prayer beads.

On the left hand of Ekajati, there is a bow, lasso, wrathful gesture, pennant, stick, trident, alcohol cup, lily, , ax, head of , and a skullcup.

The single plait of -yellow-brownish hair flows upward. Ekajati is adorned with five dry skulls. Ekajati wears a necklace of fifty fresh heads, the six ornaments, and snakes.

Ekajati is terrifying with a radiant face and flickering tongue. Ekajati is fearsome and ugly, short with a distended belly, large raised breasts.

Ekajati is wearing a tiger lower garment, the eight great snakes as ornaments, youthful and marvelous. The left leg of Ekajati is extended standing on a corpse seat.

Earlier, we studied the history of the Ekajati and iconography of the Ekajati. Now we are going to learn about depicting deity Ekajati.

Depicting Buddhist Deity Ekajati Thangka

The thangka of the Ekajati is from . It was made in between 1800 AD to 1899 AD. It is from , Drukpa, and Buddhist lineage. The base of the is mineral pigment. Currently, this painting is in the .

By depicting this thangka, we will see how Ekajati is presented with , Marichi, Red Odiyana Krama Marichi, and Black Ekajati, etc.

Marichi

Marichi is at the top center of the thangka. Marichi has three faces and fourteen hands.

Dharmadhatu Ishvari Marichi

Dharmadhatu Ishvari Marichi is descending at the viewers left with six faces and twelve hands, yellow Pichu Marichi with three faces and eight hands, white Chunda with one face and four hands, Ekajati with one face and two hands, and green with one face and four hands.

Odiyana Krama Marichi

Red Odiyana Krama Marichi is at the descending right side of the Ekajati, with Red Odiyana Krama Marichi is with six faces and twelve hands Marichi. Marichi is with six faces and twelve hands. Yellow wrathful Marichi is with one face and two hands.

Yellow Marichi is with one face and two hands. And Ekajati with one face and four hands.

Black Ekajati

Black Ekajati is at the bottom center of the thangka. Black Ekajati has one face and six hands.

Previously, we studied the history of the Ekajati, iconography of the Ekajati, and presentation of Ekajati with different such as Marichi, Dharmadhatu Ishvari Marichi, Red Odiyana Krama Marichi, and Black Ekajati, etc. Now we are going to learn about the representation of Ekajati with Brikuti.

Ekajati with Brikuti Thangka

Ekajati with Brikuti was painted around 1800-1899 AD.  The base of the painting is cotton and the ground mineral pigment is used to color it. Ekajati belongs to Nyingma Lineage. This Masterpiece is private.

By depicting this thangka, we will see how Ekajati is presented with Female protector Ekajati, Shri , and and , etc.

Dragtsen is a female deity that functions as a associated with the Tradition of . This subject appears to be related to the important Nyingma protector deity Ekajati based solely on appearance with one eye and one large tooth.

Female Protector Ekajati

Ekajati is a principal female protector in both the Nyingma and Sarma  Schools of Tibetan . In the Nyingma School, she is the chief protector for the ‘Revealed Treasure’ traditions and manifests in numerous .

She often appears with only one eye and one tooth, sometimes with only one leg as in the red manifestation from the Longchen Nyintig tradition of .

The different forms and descriptions of Ekajati are found in the various ‘Revealed Treasure’ texts of the Nyingma School.

Shri Devi

In the Sarma Schools Ekajati is the mother of Shri Devi and has a more typical appearance with one face, three eyes, and two breasts, always in a semi-wrathful visage and with one braid of hair.

Mahakala and Kriya Tantra

She is found in the various Mahakala Tantra texts originating from . Ekajati is also found in the lower kriya tantra texts and more commonly in association with the important figure of Tara where she is often seen as an attendant figure standing on the left while the goddess Brikuti stands on the right side.

Previously, we studied the history of the Ekajati, iconography of the Ekajati, presentation of Ekajati with different Buddhist deities such as Marichi, Dharmadhatu Ishvari Marichi, Red Odiyana Krama Marichi, and Black Ekajati, and the representation of Ekajati with Brikuti. Now we are going to learn about the presentation of Ekajati with Hayagriva.

Ekajati with Hayagriva Thangka

Ekajati with Hayagriva was painted around 1400-1499 AD.  The base of the painting is cotton and the ground mineral pigment is used to color it. Ekajati belongs to Buddhist Lineage. This Masterpiece Thangka is private.

By depicting this thangka we will learn about how Ekajati is presented with different deities such as Hayagriva and Amoghapasha.

Ekajati is wrathful in appearance. Ekajati is blue in color and has orange hair flowing upward. Ekajati is with one face and eight hands.

She wears wrathful ornaments and garments. She is standing in a posture with one leg bent and the other straight.

In the northern direction of the thangka, there is blue Ekajati. The four right hands of Ekajati hold a sword, lasso, , and arrow. The four left hands of Ekajati hold a wheel, stick, trident, and bow.

She wears a tiger skin and is adorned with snakes and ornaments very fierce. Ekajati is Standing in a manner with the right leg bent. At the top right corner of the thangka, there is the principal deity Lokeshvara who is white in color with two hands.

Hayagriva

Hayagriva is at the top left in the thangka. Hayagriva is red in color with one face and four hands.

Amoghapasha

Amoghapasha is at the bottom left of the thangka. Amoghapasha is seated and who is red in color with one face and four hands.

At the right of the thangka, there is a green figure who is seated with one face and four hands. In other of Amoghapasha, this last figure would be either yellow or white and identified as .

Previously, we studied the history of the Ekajati, iconography of the Ekajati, presentation of Ekajati with different Buddhist deities such as Marichi, Dharmadhatu Ishvari Marichi, Red Odiyana Krama Marichi, and Black Ekajati, the representation of Ekajati with Brikuti the representation of Ekajati with Hayagriva. Now we are going to learn about Ekajati.

Ekajati Thangka

Ekajati was painted around 1800-1899 AD. The size of this painting is 59.69×44.45cm. The base of the painting is cotton and the ground mineral pigment is used to color it. Ekajati belongs to Nyingma Lineage. This Masterpiece Thangka Art is still preserved and kept in the Rubin of Art.

By depicting this thangka, we will learn about the presentation of Ekajati with Mahakala tantra.

In the thangka, Ekajati is Black in color and fearsome in appearance. She has one central eye and one long white tooth, sharp, biting down over the lower lip. Her yellow hair flows upward like flames, twisted into a single braid.

She brandishes a stick adorned with an impaled corpse. Completely surrounded by and flames.  With the right leg raised in a dancing posture, she stands with the left foot pressing down on a prone figure lying atop a lotus blossom seat above a triangular throne decorated with nine human skulls.

Mahakala Tantra

Ekajati is found in the various Mahakala Tantra texts originating from India.

Mahakala is a deity common to , Buddhism, and Sikhism. According to Hinduism, Mahakala is a manifestation of and is the consort of Goddess and most prominently appears in Kalikula sect of Shaktism.

Mahakala is a bahuvrihi of Omaha means great and Kala means /death which means “beyond time” or death.

Previously, we studied the history of the Ekajati, iconography of the Ekajati, presentation of Ekajati with different Buddhist deities such as Marichi, Dharmadhatu Ishvari Marichi, Red Odiyana Krama Marichi, and Black Ekajati, the representation of Ekajati with Brikuti the representation of Ekajati with Hayagriva. And finally, we learn about Ekajati.

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