Vajrapani, the bodhisattva representing the energy of an enlightened mind, is a member of trinity of bodhisattvas famously known as Three Family Protectors, including Avalokiteshvara and Manjushri. He is the protector and guide of Gautam Buddha. He is portrayed in Mahayana Buddhism in a peaceful appearance, and as an Indestructible power of Buddha. While the Vajrayana Buddhism shows him in his wrathful form of Guhyapati, Lord of Secrets, belonging to the Vajra family of Akshobhya Buddha.
Tara is a female Buddha and meditational deity, who is most popular goddess in the Buddhist pantheon. The green colored goddess is the most dynamic manifestation of Tara, symbolizing youthful vigor and activity. Amoghasiddhi, the Buddhist Lord of karma (action), is also associated with the green color, thus signifying that they belong to the same family and her entitlement of being the goddess of action.
The unity of Vajrapani and Green Tara in an artwork, can signify various things, like he is known to help us overcome the delusions, poisons and attachments that prevent our progress, while, She representations the virtues of success and achievements. His presence supports Green Tara’s commitment to protect spiritual aspirants who are on the path of liberation from the forces that seek to deter them from the journey.
This painting has the Tibetan influence of Vajrapani and Green Tara. Vajrapani is shown in a fierce form, with a third eye and a waist band made of tiger skin covered with skulls. His hair flies wildly in the air to the end. When he is painted in dark blue (color of thunder cloud), he is encircled by flames. He is ornated with a five-pointed Bodhisattva crown, but the crown bears five skulls. Snakes and dragons are associated with clouds and rain, fitting in with Vajrapani’s origins as a god of thunder. His outstretched right hand waves a vajra and his left hand deftly holds a rope to tie evil spirits.
The Green Tara is in the posture of ease and readiness for action. Her left leg kneels down in the contemplative position, while, her right leg gestures a ready for motion action. Green Tara’s right hand is in the refuge-granting mudra (gesture); whereas, the left hand shows a boon-granting [giving] gesture. In her hands she also holds closed blue lotuses (utpalas), which symbolize purity and power.”
Size: 20cm x 30cm