Sita Achala – The "White Immovable One"
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Orientation 3
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ABS 128

 Code: ABS 128

  Country: Tibet


  Date: 1300 - 1400

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 3.9 x 6.6 x 2.5

  Materials: Fine-grained white stone

Sita Achala – The "White Immovable One"

Kneeling on a lotus pedestal the deity brandishes a sword with his right hand and holds a noose in his left. Of white colour, he has three eyes and his gaping mouth unveils sharp teeth. He is adorned with the royal ornament of the divine manifestation.

Achala is a wrathful meditation deity, destroyer of delusions and protector of the Buddha’s teachings. His name literally means "The Immovable One" in Sanskrit, referring to the stability of wisdom and the immutability of Buddhahood. He is frequently represented on a rock or a mountain. His most usual manifestations can be white, blue or red.

Achala is particularly important in Japanese Tantric Buddhism. In Tibet, along with Shakyamuni Buddha, Avalokiteshvara, and Tara, he belongs to a group of four deities especially worshipped in the Kadam school.