Chanda Vajrapani – the "Wrathful Vajra Bearer"
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ABS 197

 Code: ABS 197

  Country: Tibet


  Date: 1300 - 1400

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 11.2 x 12.2 x 4.2

  Materials: Gilt copper

Chanda Vajrapani

A manifestation of awakened energy, this terrifying form of Bodhisattva Vajrapani stands on a lotus pedestal. Belligerently he strides out, treading on two nagas – these are serpents, which he subdues. Between his legs sits the mythical bird Garuda and devours them. The corpulent Vajrapani wields a vajra with his right hand and performs the threatening gesture with his left. His eyes are wide open and his hair stands on end, his face expresses wrath. He wears the attributes of charnel grounds: the loincloth of tiger skin, the cloak of a flayed skin, ornaments made of bone and poisonous snakes. This specific form seems to be associated with the subjugation of the subterranean naga - spirit beings who are believed to cause numerous diseases.

Bodhisattvas are the "heroes for enlightenment". These advanced practitioners are motivated by compassion, and strive to help all sentient beings to attain liberation on their path to perfect Buddhahood. Their royal adornments symbolise the quality of their spiritual realisation.