Chanda Vajrapani – The "Wrathful Vajra Bearer"
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ABS 070

 Code: ABS 070

  Country: Tibet


  Date: 1200 - 1300

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 10.2 x 16.6 x 3.7

  Materials: Brass


The wrathful, fear-inspiring three-eyed Chanda Vajrapani is stepping out to his right in the warrior stance (pratyalidhasana). He stands on a double lotus pedestal with beaded borders. He brandishes in the right uplifted hand a five-pronged diamond sceptre (vajra), and displays with the left hand the threatening gesture (tarjani mudra) and holds a noose (pasha) with which he catches and binds inner demons. 
A tiger skin (vyaghracharma) is tied below his protruding belly. He wears his hair in a tall knot with a vajra tip, and is adorned with a pair of earrings, a necklace with attached pendant, bracelets and anklets. A snake glides over his shoulders.

Vajrapani is one of the earliest bodhisattvas of Mahayana Buddhism. Vajrapani was depicted extensively in Buddhist iconography as one of the three protective deities surrounding the Buddha. Each of them symbolizes one of the Buddha's virtues: Manjushri (the manifestation of all the Buddhas' wisdom), Avalokiteshvara (the manifestation of all the Buddhas' compassion) and Vajrapani (the manifestation of all the Buddhas' power). For the yogi or the yoginiVajrapani is a means of accomplishing fierce determination and symbolizes unrelenting effectiveness in the conquest of negativity. He is also a protector of Tara.