This Tibetan Thangka of 21 Tara is painted by a master artist from Kathmandu, Nepal on a treated cotton canvas using mixed stone colors and golden detailing.
Representation of colors in 21 Tara
Tara has 21 manifestations that each have a specific purpose related to one of four colors. White symbolizes the act of pacifying, yellow is for increasing positive qualities, red is for overpowering external forces, and black is for wrath used for Enlightened purposes and using forceful methods when other means are not possible.. Pacification includes overcoming sickness, premature death, and obstacles to success. Yellow is for gaining peace, happiness, and success. Red is for removing obstacles to sickness and untimely death.
21 Tara Iconography and Mantra
The Tara thangkas originate from the ‘Prayers to the twenty-one Taras,’ which detail their individual characteristics, symbolic representations, rituals, and advantages. Taras are seen as very fortunate gods to whom people offer prayers for fortune, health, wealth, and success, to surmount difficulties, and to be shielded from numerous types of malevolence. The most renowned Taras are White Tara and Green Tara, who are all depicted as serene deities.
Nyurma Pamo is a swift heroine who liberates beings from suffering and protects them from fear. Her semi-wrathful and red appearance is accompanied by a white conch shell on an utpala flower, which symbolizes the sound of bodhicitta that spreads throughout the world. With her compassionate power, she overcomes obstacles and increases bodhicitta, or an awakened heart.
Mantra of OM Nyurma Pamo is TARE TUTTARE TURE BODHICITTA SVAHA
Loter Yang Chenma
Chenma is also known as Vajra Saraswati, the Melodious One and the Treasure of Intelligence. She is calm and her complexion is white, and she has the power to unlock the secrets of music, art, wisdom, and the four types of knowledge: meaning, phenomena, definitive words, and courageous eloquence. On her utpala flower is a reflective mirror inscribed with the syllable HRIM, which emits a bright light. Her face shines with the white light of one hundred full autumn moons. Mantra of Loter Yang Chenma is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE PRAJNA HRIM HRIM SVAHA
Tara Sermo Sonam Tobkye
Golden One Who Increases the Power of Merit SERMO SÖNAM TOBKYÉ is peaceful and golden yellow in color. Her body radiates light the color of the rising sun, empowering practitioners to enact oceans of bodhisattva activities. She bestows wealth and longevity and liberates beings through the six paramitas: generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, meditative stability, and transcendent wisdom. Upon her utpala flower is a wish fulfilling-jewel that showers down whatever one desires.
Mantra of Tara Sermo Sonam Tobkye is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MAHA PUNYE SVAHA
Tara Tsugtor namgyalma
Tara Tsugtor namgyalma, commonly referred to as Ushnishaviyaya Victorious One of Ushnisha Who Accomplishes Immortality, is a gentle and golden yellow figure that comes from the topmost chakra of the Buddha Prajnaparamita. She has conquered all negative feelings and actions, and on her utpala flower is a jar of immortality that emits light in all directions. This light changes the essence of samsara and nirvana into a sweet liquid that fills her jar.
Mantra of Tara Tsugtor namgyalma is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE AYUR DATE BHRUM SVAHA
Tara Rigje Lhamo
Tara Rigje Lhamo is also known as Kurukulle, the Magnetizing Goddess of Vedic Knowledge. She is semi-wrathful and appears red in color. Her mantra, TUTTARE, radiates with a rainbow light that has the power to magnetize and conquer through the combination of emptiness and compassion. On her utpala flower is a bow and arrow, ready to shoot beams of light that can obliterate pride. She can effortlessly perform the four enlightened actions: calming, increasing, magnetizing, and subduing.
Mantra of Tara Rigje Lhamo is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE KURU KULLE NRI DZA SVAHA
Tara Jigje Chenmo
The Mighty and Fearful Goddess Who Vanquishes All Negativity, Jigje Chenmo is fierce and red in hue. She is revered and adored by all, and her might overpowers all malevolent forces. On her utpala flower is an unbreakable phurba, a ceremonial dagger that defeats negativity, surrounded by blazing whips of fire and sparks. This tumultuous fire and its distinct sound, HUNG, shatters the skulls of demons and obstructing spirits who induce delusion, madness, and amnesia, rendering them motionless in the state of enlightenment, never to revive again.
Mantra of Jigje Chenmo is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA BIGHNEN BAM HUNG PHAT SVAHA
The Unstoppable and Fearsome Lady Who Disperses Wars and Natural Catastrophes, Zhengyi Mitubma is fierce and dark, like a heavy rainstorm. By the explosive sound of the angry seed syllable TRET and the cracking sound of PHAT, she completely eradicates the spells of adversaries, wicked acts, hail, lightning, disasters, invading forces, and weapons of mass destruction. On her utpala flower is a sword blazing with flames. She is surrounded by a brilliant blaze of wisdom fire. From her compassionate furrowed brow shoot meteorites and sparks.
Mantra of Zhengyi Mitubma is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE VAJRA TAKA HANA LITSA PHAT SVAHA
Tara Zhen Migyalwa’i Pamo
Tara Zhen Migyalwa’i Pamo is a powerful and fearsome figure. Her mercy is swift and her strength is unmatched, as she is able to easily defeat the four demons. On her forehead is a vajra, a symbol of power, that radiates fire, burning away all negativity, such as arguments, lawsuits, and other obstacles.
Mantra of Zhen Migyalwa’i Pamo is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE DAHA PATSA HUNG PHAT SVAHA
Tara Sengdeng Nag
The noble Lady Tara of the Teak Forest, Tara Sengdeng Nag, is a calming presence like an emerald. She safeguards people from eight major fears, both external and internal: attachment to water, false beliefs, arrogance, envy, rage, suspicion, avarice, and lack of knowledge. On her utpala flower is a spinning wheel that radiates with a powerful light, taming those in need with the suitable means. Mantra of Sengdeng Nag is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE DANA TRAYA SVAHA
Tara jigten Sumle Gyalma
Victorious Over the Three Worlds, She Who Overpowers the Universe, Tara jigten Sumle Gyalma is peaceful and red in color. Rainbow light emanates from her body and the victory banner upon her utpala flower, overpowering all the gods of the desire realm. She brings supreme joy to all beings. The mantra of her speech, endowed with the eight modes of laughter − HA HAA, HI HII, HE HAI, HO HAU − empowers all beings, setting them on the path of liberation.
Mantra of jigten Sumle Gyalma is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE LOKA PASHAM KURU SVAHA
Tara Norterma has a semi-wrathful and golden red appearance. Her generous gifts bring freedom from poverty to all living beings. A treasure vase on her utpala flower grants all wishes. The syllable HUNG radiates from her body, speech, and mind, providing wealth and glory from gods, nagas, and humans.
Mantra of Norterma is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MAMA BASU PUSHTIM KURU SVAHA
Tara Tashi Donjema
TASHI DÖNJÉ MA is a figure of serenity and wealth, showering down blessings and symbols of good luck to all living creatures, plants, and harvests, creating harmony and abundance in the world. Her utpala flower is adorned with an infinity knot, and her headdress is decorated with Buddha Amitabha and a crescent moon. Rays of light emanate from her body, the infinite knot, the crescent moon, and Buddha Amitabha, bringing fortune and joy to all.
Mantra of Tashi Donjema is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MANGALAM SHRI MAHA PANI SVAHA
Tara Yullay Gyalje
YULLAY GYALJÉ is a semi-angry deity with three eyes and a red complexion. She brings joy to everyone and shields them from war and other difficulties. On her utpala flower sits a vajra with its prongs spread open. The vajra emits bright, sparkling rays that destroy any enemies or those who wish to cause harm, creating an impenetrable barrier of protection.
Mantra of Yullay Gyalje is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE VAJRA DZAWALA PHAT PHAT RAKSHA RAKSHA SVAHA
Tara Tronyer Chema
Tronyer Chema has an intimidating presence, resembling dark rain clouds. Her powerful roar of HUNG emits a bright light and vajras that are so strong they can knock out any negative forces or demons. She stands atop an utpala flower and holds a pestle in her hand. Her feet and hands strike the ground, shaking it and destroying any ignorance that exists.
Mantra of Tronyer Chema is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE HUNG HUNG HAM SHAM TRIG NAN PHAT SVAHA
Tara Rabzhima is serene, bright like the full moon, and beaming. On her utpala flower sits a vase filled with ambrosia. Many purifying goddesses with anointing vases come out of her heart. The radiance from her, and the bath given by the emanated goddesses, cleanse away all wicked deeds and obscurations that lead to rebirth in the lower realms.
Mantra of Tara Rabzhima is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA PAPAM GATE GATE SVAHA
Tara Rig Ngag Tobzhom
Tara RIG NGAG TOBZHOM is a peaceful, red figure whose wisdom, compassion, and power can defeat enemies, break spells, and vanquish Mara, the leader of negative forces. Those who seek her guidance are blessed with the ability to speak truthfully. On her utpala flower is a crossed vajra that eliminates curses, evil, and all other forms of negativity.
Mantra of Tara Rig Ngag Tobzhom is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE TRAM DU TRINA TRAM DU PHAT SVAHA
Tara Pagme Nonma
Boundless Subduer Who Binds Enemies, Robbers, Thieves, and Hunters, PAGMÉ NÖNMA is peaceful and golden red in color like clouds at sunrise. With her magical power, she subjugates bandits, robbers, thieves, hunters, and all enemies, establishing sentient beings in bliss. Upon her utpala flower is a stupa. From the HUNG in her heart, rays of light in the form of countless HUNG syllables radiate out. Peaceful and quick to tame sentient beings, she stamps her two feet on the earth.
Mantra of Tara Pagme Nonma is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE HUNG HUNG BAM HO SVAHA
Tara Maja Chenmo
Maja Chenmo, the Great Peacock, is a symbol of peace and purity. Her presence radiates nectar-like light from the full moon on her utpala flower, which is marked with a rabbit. This light eliminates all kinds of poisons from the environment and sentient beings. The moon symbolizes unchanging wisdom that is not affected by any increase or decrease, transition or change.
Mantra of Tara Maja Chenmo is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA VISHA TARA PHAT SVAHA
The powerful Tara Dugkarmo is a peaceful figure with a white body and a white umbrella atop her utpala flower. By meditating on her and reciting her mantra, the practitioner’s body, speech, and mind become filled with strength and beauty. She has the power to eliminate any hostility towards the dharma, disputes in the world, curses, misuse of mantric power, and bad dreams. She is the invincible Queen of the White Umbrella Who Dispels Conflicts and Bad Dreams.
Mantra of Tara Dugkarmo is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE HUNG HUNG PHAT PHAT RAKSHA RAKSHA MAM SVAHA
Tara Ritro Loma Gyonma
The noble lady of the mountain retreat, Ritrö Loma Gyönma, is as peaceful and yellow-red as saffron. Reciting her mantra devotedly dispels all deadly illnesses. She holds a round vessel filled with nectar in her utpala flower. Her eyes are like the sun and moon, with her right eye sending out a radiant light to eradicate disease-bearing beings and her left eye streaming a rich nectar that cures all forms of diseases, including their causes and effects.
Mantra of Tara Ritro Loma Gyonma is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE NAMA TARE MANO HARA HUNG HARA SVAHA
Tara Lhamo Ozer Chenma
LHAMO ÖZER CHENMA is a peaceful and white goddess who emits light and dispels any evil spirits that take away the life force and longevity of those who are ill. On her utpala flower is a golden fish, and the three syllables OM AH HUNG from her body, speech, and mind exude light and eliminate all external, internal, and hidden hindrances.
Mantra of Tara Lhamo Ozer Chenma is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MARITSE YE TSE BHRUM NRI DZA SVAHA