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Thanka No. 08

Vajrabhairava 


Vajrabhairava

Collection: Spituk monastery

School of art: Sman-bris

18th century

Vajrabhairava

He is the most wrathful form of MaÁju┐ró. He is the embodiment of total wrath. His anger is so terrific that it may consume even himself. He is the nature of emptiness which is expressed in the form of extreme rage. He has bull's head which symbolises the ignorance which is transmuted into discriminating wisdom.

He has nine faces, sixteen hands and thirty four legs. His right legs are slightly folded and the left legs stretch. The central face is bull's face with two horns and its complexion is dark and in the angry form. The second face is of a demon and the top face is MaÁju┐ró's which is iii peaceful form. Each and every face has three eyes. All hands hold different kinds of instruments to threaten the defilements. All hands and the body are decorated with many different kinds of ornaments. He crushes many evil spirits under his feet. His lowest arms hold his consort and the hands hold skull cups. His consort embraces him. Her complexion is also dark. She has two hands, one face and three eyes.

He has many faces, so that he can look in all directions. It signifies the omnipresence of his anger. He has many arms and legs, therefore, nobody can escape from his fury. He has the wisdom of equanimity and thus treads equally on all aspects of ego. His consort feeds and reinforces his countless vengeance.

The central figure is Vajrabhairava with his consort. At the top is Tsongkhapa, upper right corner is Mahíkíla and on the left white saviour. On the left side is Vai┐ramana and on the right is protector. At the bottom Mahíkíló and Yamadaka, lower right corner is Pectse and left is Nezer.

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