Tibetan Thangka of Jambhala is hand-painted in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is painted on Cotton Canvas.
Jambhala Thangka is the god of prosperity in Buddhism and helps to eradicate poverty. In Hindushim, it is also called Kubera. It is pronounced like Dzambhala. In Buddhism, there are five Jambhala forms, i.e. Green, White, Yellow, Black, and Red.
Jambhala is the god of wealth. The wealth god Yellow Jambhala on the thangka will bring wealth and good luck to you and your family.
Gyalten Sogdzin Rinpoche said that
Jambhala is the protector of all Lineages and of all sentient beings from all sickness and difficulties. Jambhala is a Bodhisattva of material and spiritual wealth as well as many other things, especially of granting financial stability.
Because in this world, there are all kinds of wrathful and negative emotions or bad spirits, and sometimes they will harm you and other sentient beings, Dzambhala must take on such a wrathful and powerful form to protect us from these harmful spirits and negative karma. Especially, Dzambhala helps us minimize or decrease all misfortunes and obstacles and helps us increase all good fortune and happiness.
Iconography of Yellow Jambala
Yellow Jambhala is considered the most popular and powerful Wealth of God. He is the emanation of Buddha Ratnasambhava.
He can remove poverty within the six realms, increasing virtues, life span, and wisdom.
He is also said to be an emanation of Vaisravana, one of the “Four Great World-protecting Heavenly Kings”.
He is the guardian of light in Buddhism, a great charitable deity who grants fortune and protection.
Lord Vaisravana lives in the northern region under the Four Heavens, at the northern crystal palace on the fourth level of Mount Sumeru.
According to the commentary on Lotus Sutra, this heavenly king is extremely knowledgeable as his perpetual protection of the Buddhas has enabled him to receive many teachings.
Yellow Jambhala has a yellow-coloured body, he sits in the vajra position with his right leg is panhandle, his right foot is above a snail and lotus flower, and his left leg is kinked.
He has one face and two arms. His left hand holding a mongoose named Nehulay which spews forth precious jewels from its mouth, while his right hand holding gems shaped fruit and leaf of a lotus.
An ordinary image of Lord Vaisravana is one that holds a precious pagoda in the left, which pours out various treasures.
In Tibetan Tantric images, the precious pagoda is replaced by the treasure-emitting mongoose. Yellow Jambhala sits on a lotus, sun disk, and moon disk.
Mantra of Yellow Jambala
Om Jambhala Jalendraye Svaha