Sitatapatra – Goddess of the White Parasol

Sitatapatra – Goddess of the White Parasol

is known as a protector against supernatural danger in . She is venerated in both the Mahayana and traditions. She is also known as Sitatapatra.

Sitatapatra is a powerful independent deity emanated by from his Usnisa.

Sitatapatra is known as   Dug Kar mo in . and Sitatapatra is also known as The , Crown Ornament of the in English.

Iconography of Sitatapatra

Sitatapatra is white in color with 1000 faces, 1000 hands, 1000 legs, and 10,100,000 (ten million one hundred thousand) eyes. The main face in front is white which is showing a fierce expression with a wide gaping mouth and a further 199 white faces above. To the left is a vertical row of yellow faces and to the right is a vertical row of green faces.

On both sides of Sitatapatra, there are red faces and on top appearing as a cap are 200 blue faces. Each face of Sitatapatra has three eyes and glares with a fierce expression. In the first pair of hands, the right extended downward and holds a . And the left hands of Sitatapatra holds an arrow together with the gold handle of a parasol.

She is adorned with various jewel ornaments, a necklace of fifty freshly severed heads each in a different color and expression, and a long snake necklace. As a lower garment, she wears a fresh tiger skirt fastened with a belt of green . A further 99 pairs of hands hold in the right a Wheel and an arrow in the left.

The remaining 400 hands of Sitatapatra on the right hold a , jewel, Visvavajra (double vajra) and , 100 of each object. The remaining 400 hands of Sitatapatra on the left hold a bow, flame tipped sword, lasso, and hook, again 100 of each object. The first ten hands of Sitatapatra clearly display the objects as examples while the remaining 990 grow increasingly smaller with each outward concentric .

The 500 legs of Sitatapatra on the left side are extended above worldly deities and a host of .  And the legs of Sitatapatra on the right are bent and press down on all worldly troubles, daemons, and animals. She is Standing above a disc and multi-colored lotus seat she is completely surrounded by the flames of pristine awareness, richly stylized, and containing numerous wish-fulfilling jewels.

I salute you, exalted one!
Only mother of all Buddhas, past, present, and future,
Your glory pervades the three worlds.
Homage to you, savioress from the evil influence of demons
and planets,
From untimely death and evil dreams,
From the dangers of poison, arms, , and .
The of your being is exceedingly vast.
You have a thousand heads full of innumerable mindstates,
A thousand hands holding flaming attributes.
Queen of all the of the three worlds
Ever-present in the of taming evil ones,
I salute you, goddess of magical spells, turning demons into dust!

prayer

Depicting Buddhist Deity Sitatapatra Thangka

The of Sitatapatra is from Tibet. The thangka of Sitatapatra is made in between 1700 – 1799 AD. Sitatapatra is from Gelug and lineages. The size of the is 91.44×74.30cm. mineral pigment and raised gold on are used to color this thangka. Currently, this thangka is in the .

Smiling Lama

Smiling is at the top center of the thangka. Smiling lama is seated in the thangka. smiling lama is wearing monastic robes and a yellow cap with red trim.

The right hand of Smiling lama holds the stem of a pink lotus to the heart which blossoms at the right ear and supports a vajra and . The left-hand of Smiling lama holds a long-life vase in the lap. Smiling lama is richly attired in silk .

Ushnishavijaya

Ushnishavijaya is at the bottom center of the thangka. Ushnishavijaya is known as the long-life goddess. Ushnishavijaya is white in color with three faces and eight hands seated in vajra posture. She also was born from the of the Buddha.

Mahakala

is on the left side of the thangka. Mahakala is known as the black wrathful deity. Mahakala has one face and two hands holding a stick and skullcap.

Mahakala is wearing long garments. Mahakala is standing on a corpse and lotus seat.  The 10 buddhas, Mahakala and the 35 form the mandala retinue of Sitatapatra.

Sitatapatra with Shakyamuni Buddha Thangka

The thangka of Sitatapatra with is from Tibet. The thangka of Sitatapatra with Buddha is made in between 1800 – 1899 AD. Sitatapatra with Shakyamuni Buddha is from buddhist lineage. The size of the painting is 54.61×40.64cm. Ground mineral pigment and fine gold on cotton is used to color this thangka. Currently, this thangka is in the Rubin of .

Shakyamuni Buddha is at the top center of the thangka Shakyamuni Buddha has one face and two hands performing the Witness .  Shakyamuni Buddha is seated on a lotus cushion.

Sitatapatra with Seven Buddhas Thangka

The thangka of Sitatapatra with Seven Buddhas is from Tibet. The thangka of Sitatapatra with Seven Buddhas is made in between 1800 – 1899 AD. Sitatapatra with Seven Buddhas is from and gelug lineage. The size of the painting is 67.31×48.90cm. Ground mineral pigment and fine gold on cotton is used to color this thangka. Currently, this thangka is in the Rubin museum of art.

Seven Buddhas are along the top of the thangka. All the Seven Buddhas have one face and two hands. Seven Buddhas are wearing monastic robes and performing various mudras. Each is resting upon a moon disc and lotus seat.

Flying Goddesses

Flying Goddesses is at both sides slightly below of the thangka. Flying Goddesses are presenting of flower garlands with both hands.

Three Mahakala Brothers

Three Mahakala Brothers are along the bottom of the thangka  Three Mahakala Brothers are black in color with wrathful in appearance.  Three Mahakala Brothers are with one face and two hands holding a curved knife held aloft in the right and a skullcup in the left.

Three Mahakala Brothers are supported in the bend of the elbow is a sandalwood staff vertically standing. They wear bone ornaments, long garments of various colors.  On either side of the central Mahakala, two couples kneel in a gesture of petitioning.

Sitatapatra with Amitayus Buddha Thangka

The thangka of Sitatapatra with buddha is from Tibet. The thangka of Sitatapatra with Amitayus Buddha is made between 1800 – 1899 AD. Sitatapatra with Amitayus Buddha is from gelug and buddhist lineages. The base of the painting is ground mineral pigment on cotton.

Shakyamuni Buddha

Shakyamuni Buddha is at the top center of the thangka. Shakyamuni Buddha is the founder of the .

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