Pita Jambhala – The Yellow God of wealth
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ABS 224

 Code: ABS 224

  Country: Tibet


  Date: 1300 - 1400

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 9.2 x 13.2 x 6.9

  Materials: Brass

Pita Jambhala, the yellow form of the deity of wealth

Jambhala sits in the posture of ease on a lotus throne, his right foot supported by a treasure vase. Corpulent, the god of wealth is dressed only in a loincloth. With his right hand he performs the gesture of generosity, presenting a blazing jewel, while his left hand clutches the jewel-spitting mongoose (nakula), the typical attribute of the deities associated with prosperity.

Although Buddhism advocates the abandonment of worldly possessions and concerns, wealth can also be viewed favourably. For the faithful, it offers an opportunity to accumulate merit through practices such as generosity. The puja or rituals dedicated to Jambhala are supposed to summon the positive energies of wealth resulting from past actions. In fact, the ritual does not create wealth but is supposed to accelerate the maturation of the practitioner's karmic potential.

The yellow form of Jambhala is the most popular and is considered to be the most effective among the deities of wealth. He is the emanation of Buddha Ratnasambhava. He can remove poverty in the six worlds of existence, while increasing virtue, wisdom and longevity.