Vajrapani Thangka Painting is Original Hand-Painted Cotton Canvas with vegetable and stone colour pigments with detailing. Vajrapani is an important bodhisattva who embodies the spiritual power of all the Buddhas.
His name means “wielder of the thunderbolt” and he protects those who walk the Mahayana path, removing all inner, outer and secret obstacles from their practice.
Enlightened eons ago, Vajrapani is said to have incarnated as one of Buddha Shakyamuni’s primary disciples. He is often depicted along with fellow disciples Manjushri (the embodiment of the Buddhas’ wisdom) and Avalokiteshvara (the embodiment of the Buddhas’ compassion).
Together these three bodhisattvas comprise the three factors of Buddha-nature and the three necessary ingredients for enlightenment. Vajrapani symbolizes fierce determination and unbending intent in the unrelenting battle against negativity.
Gestures and Attributes
Vajrapani is depicted in the warrior’s pose, with one leg bent and the other outstretched. In his right hand, held aloft, he brandishes a vajra, representing his diamond-like motivation and impetus to accomplishment.
His left hand holds a lasso, with which he binds the demons of delusion. He has three eyes, symbolizing his knowledge of past, present, and future.
He wears a crown adorned with five human skulls, representing his transformation of the five poisons into the five transcendent pearls of wisdom, as well as his purification of the five aggregates.
Around his neck is a garland of serpents, a reminder of his aspect as protector of the nagas. He is clothed in a tiger-skin and is surrounded by the blazing fire of exalted wisdom which consumes all neurotic states.