Buddhism includes a wide array of divine beings that are venerated in various ritual and popular contexts.
Initially they included mainly Indian figures such as devas, asuras and yakshas, but later came to include other Asian spirits and local gods.
They range from enlightened Buddhas to regional spirits adopted by Buddhists or practiced on the margins of the religion.
The Pali Canon and others suggest that the Buddha taught that belief in a Creator deity .
King Narendra Deva along with the tantric priest, Bandudatta and a local farmer, Lalit travelled all the way to Assam, to bring Padmapani Lokeshwar to Kathmandu but since they faced a lot of "sankat" (dangers) along the way, the priest Bandudatta summoned Sankata, the "deity who removes dangers".
In ancientNepal, stories about gods and goddesses have existed from the beginning of time and they were an important part of everyday life.
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The golden temple and its sublime architectural design, the marvelous artefacts and engrossing stories have startled the minds of visitors and left them pondering for years.
Patan is a captivating ancient city boasting some majestic temples and monasteries poking out from behind modern buildings to those found along the old narrow alleys and streets
There are many shrines dedicated to Buddhism in Patan and you don’t have to be practicing Buddhism to appreciate the architectural significance .
Manjushree meaning “gentle glory” is often perceived as a divine being who brought order to the Kathmandu valley when it was a Paleo Kathmandu Lake, by cutting down the Chobhar gorge, draining out the water and making the land suitable for life.
Even more intriguing is the way he did it, by using a supernatural armament, a sword of godly might, cutting the valley into two. On the historical side of affairs, there are .
Vajrapani is one of the earliest and most recognizable characters of Buddhist art. He is known for carrying a vajra scepter and being a close attendant to the historical Buddha according to the MahayanaSutras. In Vajrayana, Buddhism Vajrapani is entrusted to safeguard all of the Tantra literature and in this regard, he is known as Guhyapati - the Lord of Secrets.
Different Forms of Vajrapani
Vajrapani manifests in a variety of forms and looks, ranging from placid .
Vajrapani Krodha has five garudas according to a MarpaKagyu lineage. Vajrapani Krodha is known as a wrathful meditational deity. Vajrapani Krodh is representing the power of all Buddhas.
The reverse of the painting of Krodha Vajrapani is decorated with a drawing of a stupa to represent the mind of all enlightened ones. Each of the figures of human teachers and deities is mar marked with the three letters, 'om ah hum', representing the wisdom .
Simhanada is a form of Avalokiteshvara connected with removing illness caused by nagas. Simhanada Avalokiteshavara belongs to the KriyaTantra classification and arises from the Simahanada Tantra and the text of the Arya Avalokiteshvara Dharani.
His primary activity is to remove sickness and disease especially illness caused by nagas. Jowo Atisha and Mal Lotsawa popularized the practice of Simhanada in the land of Tibet.
Simhanada Avalokiteshvara is known as seng ge dra chen re zi in .
Kundalini yoga is derived from kundalini which is defined in Vedantic culture as the energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine until it is activated and channeled upward through the chakras in the process of spiritual perfection. Kundalini is believed to be power associated with the divine feminine. Kundalini yoga as a school of yoga is influenced by Shaktism and Tantra schools of Hinduism.
It derives its name through a focus on .