Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of infinite compassion and mercy, possibly the most popular of all figures in Buddhist legend.
Buddhism and Avalokiteshvara
In Buddhist legend, the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara vowed to liberate all sentient beings from suffering but when he realized the magnitude of his task, his head exploded into countless pieces.
His body was then reassembled by the Buddha Amitabha and the Bodhisattva Vajrapani into this omniscient form of Avalokiteshvara, with eleven heads and a thousand arms.
Hand and Mudra
Each of Avalokiteshvara’s hands displays an all-seeing eye, symbolizing the union of wisdom and skillful means.
The first two hands hold a wish-fulfilling gem, a symbol of the deepest powers of the human psyche. The next five hold a lotus, a bow, a vase, a Buddhist rosary, and a wheel.
The eighth hand (lower right) is in the varada mudra also known as the gesture of generosity and charity.
Avalokiteshvara’s multiple tiers of heads are crowned by the fierce blue face of Vajrapani and the red face of Amitabha, symbols of uncompromising compassion and the boundless light of the awakened mind.
Avalokiteshvara’s Mantra “Om Mane Padme Hum” is found inscribed on rocks, temples and prayer wheels throughout the Himalayas and Southeast Asia.
The painting is beautifully hand painted by Master Thangka Artist of Changunarayan Nepal.
The painting painted by using Gouache, gold leaf & Mineral Colors in Linen Cotton Canvas with small detail information.
Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion is seen standing on the lotus and is surrounded by gods and goddesses like Siddhartha Gautama, Manjushree, Green Tara.
Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara is the most powerful and complex forms bodhisattva which has 11 heads and 1,000 arms.