Manjushri with Aparimita Thangka is handpainted on cotton canvas by a Thangka artist from Nepal. The size of this thangka is 65 x 47cm and its weight is 0.1kg. Manjushree is embodied as enlightened wisdom.
Manjushri is depicted in the center of thangka with Aparmita and Namgyalma in the bottom corner with Amitabha Buddha at the top of the Manjushri.
Iconography of Manjushree
Manjushree is presented at the center of the thangka. Manjushree is the Bodhisattva who holds the flaming sword of enlightenment, by his left hand in a warning hand gesture in the left hand representing his realization of wisdom to cut through ignorance & wrong view. His right hand depicted in teaching holds the stem of a Blue Lotus flower upon which rests the Book (Pustaka) of Perfection of Transcendental Wisdom.
Mantra of Manjushree
The mantra of Manjushree is Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih.
Ushnisha Vijaya is also known as Namgyalma. Namgyalma is a deity for long life and purification. Her mantra has infinite benefits.
It is said to be so powerful that anybody who hears it will never again be born from the womb. Therefore, if animals hear it, they will never again be reborn in the lower realms.
The mantra of Ushnisha Vijaya (Namgyalma)
Om Dhrum Soha Om Amrita Ayur Dade Soha
Buddha Aparimita is very popular in bestowing long life upon the devotees. It is red in color. His two hands are in dhyana mudra and hold an ambrosia vase.
He usually wears all the ornaments of different kinds peculiar to a Sambhogakaya Buddha. He is never depicted with any consort. He wears a crown and has Ushnisha and Urnakosh in his body.
Buddha Aparimita is invoked or worshipped for lengthening the life span or fast relief from dreadful diseases or from mortal danger.
In the Nepalese Mahayana tradition, the dharani of Buddha Aparimita is often recited by the devotees in the presence of dying patients the recitation of this dharani is said to be efficacious when carried out in utter sincerity.
It is said that the famous Madhyamika Buddhist philosopher Arya Nagarjuna had escaped his early death after the recitation of this dharani for one complete day and night.
The mantra of Buddha Aparmita
Om A Ma Ra Ni Dzi Wan Ti Ye Soha
Iconography of Amitabha buddha
Amitabha Buddha is presented at the top of the Manjushri in the thangka. Amitabha is head of the Lotus Family, one of the oldest & significant of the Five Buddha Families. This family represents love, purity, compassion & peace. Amitabha Purelandis a place of infinite bliss & boundless light.
Amitabha Buddha is also one of the five Tathagatas representing the wisdoAmitabha Buddha is also one of the five Tathagatas representing the wisdom of discriminating awareness. Amitabha Buddha is red in color. He is represented in the stupa facing to the west. He rides on a peacock symbolizing that he can take away the suffering of others just as the peacock eats poisonous plants and yet his tail shines forth.
Mantra of Amitabha Buddha
The mantra of Amitabha Buddha is Om Ami dewa hr.
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