White Tara - Goddess of Compassion

White Tara – Goddess of Compassion

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White Tara is “mother of liberation”, and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements.

White Tara, also known for compassion, long life, healing, and serenity; also known as The Wish-fulfilling Wheel, or Cintachakra.

As White Tara, she rose from a lotus blooming in the lake that formed from the first tear of compassion of great bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (whose human incarnation is the Dalai Lama) and is considered his consort.

About Painter

This beautiful painting is a hand-drawn thangka painting by Thangka Artist named as Dipak Dong Tamang from Bhaktapur, Nepal.

The Thangkas are the great piece of traditional art which have a great history and meaning. The painting is beautifully painted by using Gouache, gold leaf & Mineral Colors in Linen Cotton Canvas with small detail information.

This is a great thangka painting with masterful brush strokes and fine details of the heavenly paradise of White Tara.

About Painting

White Tara is a goddess which embodies the spirit of Compassion. Her love heals at the source of disease, bringing health, strength, longevity, and beauty.

She wears the Bodhisattva ornaments. A Bodhisattva vow is to continue to return to this world until the enlightenment of all sentient beings.

She stands on the lotus and she holds lotus on both of her hand. In Buddhism, the lotus or Padma is the significance of purity of blood since before the time of the Buddha.

It blooms profusely in Buddhist art and literature. Its roots are in the muddy water, but the lotus flower rises above the mud to bloom, clean and fragrant along with purity and enlightenment, a lotus also represents faith.

White Tara and Tantra

White Tara is practiced in four Tantras namely

  • Kriya
  • Charya
  • Yoga
  • Anuttara Yoga

White Tara is practiced in all Tantras. 

White Tara Mantra


The meaning of the mantra is explained below:

  1. mama = mine, means that I would like to possess the following qualities.
  2. ayur = long life
  3. punya  = merit that comes form living life ethically.
  4. jnana = wisdom
  5. pushtim = increase
  6. kuru = do so! do it now!
  7. svaha = hail, or may blessings be upon

As one of the three deities of long life, White Tara is associated with longevity. White Tara counteracts illness and thereby helps to bring about a long life.

White Tara as Saraswati

In Hinduism white tara is called a Saraswati. Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom, and nature. She is known as the goddess of “Wisdom”.

The mantra of Swaraswati

The following popular pranam mantra, or Sanskrit prayer, is uttered by utmost devotion by Saraswati devotees as they eulogize the goddess of knowledge and arts:

Om Saraswati Mahabhagey, Vidye Kamala Lochaney | Viswarupey Vishalakshmi, Vidyam Dehi Namohastutey || Jaya Jaya Devi, Charachara Sharey, Kuchayuga Shobhita, Mukta Haarey | Vina Ranjita, Pustaka Hastey, Bhagavati Bharati Devi Namohastutey ||

In English, it can be stated as:

“May Goddess Saraswati, who is fair like the jasmine-colored moon, and whose pure white garland is like frosty dew drops; who is adorned in radiant white attire, on whose beautiful arm rests the veena, and whose throne is a white lotus; who is surrounded and respected by the Gods, protect me. May you fully remove my lethargy, sluggishness, and ignorance.”

White Tara as Negativity Purifier

White Tara is a goddess which helps to purify the negativity. She is the mother of Kindness. She embodies the motivation that is compassion and is said to be as white and radiant as the moon.




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