Vidyadhari Yogini Thangka Painting is a Buddhist Hand Painted Thangka with a size of 60*47cm. In the Newar Buddhist tradition, Vidyadhari, or ‘Knowledge Holder,’ manifests as one of the four main aspects of Vajrayogini, and is called Bidjeshwori or Bijeshvari.
The Bijeshvari temple is located on the road to Swayambhu, above the western bank of the Vishnumati River, and its name is derived from Vidhyeshvari, which means “knowledge goddess.” At this temple, Vajrayogini appears as Vidyadhari, the ‘knowledge holders in her flying or sky-going form. She is specifically linked to the Indian mahasiddha Maitripa, who practiced this element of Vajrayogini at this hallowed location. Maitri-dakini (Skt. maitri-khechari) and Akas are two other names for her.
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