Pita Jambhala – The Yellow God of wealth
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ABS 190

 Code: ABS 190

  Country: Tibet


  Date: 1350 - 1450

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 3.8 x 7 x 3.2

  Materials: Copper with gilt

Pita Jambhala, the yellow aspect of the God of Wealth

Jambhala sits in the posture of ease on a lotus throne with treasure vases, his right foot supported by a small vase. Corpulent, the god of wealth is dressed only in a loincloth. With his right hand he performs the gesture of generosity, presenting a fruit, while his left hand holds prayer beads. In the crook of his left arm is 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. This small statue belongs to the amulet box ABS 191.