Manjushri is the Bodhisattva of wisdom and was said to have come from China to Nepal on a pilgrimage. It is believed that when he arrived, the Kathmandu Valley was a large lake.
He then used his flaming sword to cut a gorge that drained the lake, allowing people to inhabit the area. This is also where the Swayambhunath Stupa was constructed, which was built on the spot where the lotus flower settled.
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Iconography of Manjushri
Manjushri is often shown as a young prince with orange or yellow skin, and in this painting he appears in his most popular form.
His right hand holds a flaming sword, which symbolizes the destruction of ignorance and transformation into transcendent wisdom.
His left hand is held over his heart, grasping the stem of a lotus flower that carries the Prajnaparamita sutra, representing the attainment of wisdom and intelligence.
The Manjushri mantra is Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih.