Yellow Dzambala Thangka is hand-painted in Cotton Canvas in Kathmandu, Nepal. In Hinduism, he is called Kubera. Jambhala is the god of prosperity who helps to eradicate poverty.
Dzambala is depicted in the center of the thangka with mongoose named Nehulay in his left hand gems-shaped fruit in right.
Iconography of Dzambala
Dzambala 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-colored body, he sits in the vajra position with his right leg in the panhandle, his right foot is above a snail and lotus flower, and his left leg is kinked. He has one face and two arms.
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.
What is Jambhala Holding in his hands?
His left hand holding a mongoose named Nehulay which spews forth precious jewels from its mouth, while his right hand holding gems-shaped fruit.
What is the Mantra of Dzambala?
The mantra of Dzambala is Om Jambhala Jalendraye Svaha.