Shadakshari Lokeshvara Upon A Throne Of Purple Velvet
Shadakshari Lokeshvara is one of the thirty-one forms of Lord Avalokiteshvara, the ritual of which is to be found in the sixth of the Sadhanamala. He has been birthed by Buddha Amitabha (one of the five contemplative Buddhas) from a ray of pristine light emerging from His right eye. The name translates to one who rules (‘ishvara’) over the varied realms of existence (‘loka’) and is associated with the six (‘shad’) syllables (‘akshara’). It is to Shadakshari Lokeshvara that the six mystic syllables of Buddhism belong - om mani padme hm - indicative of His reach into all six realms of existence.
Sadakshari Loeshvara is of a luminescent white complexion. With His two anterior hands (He is the four-armed manifestation of Lord Avalokiteshvara) He holds afore His chest the wish-fulfilling gem of a pale teal colour. The golden robes on His person are set off by the antelope skin over His left shoulder, a symbol of compassion. The rubies studded on His five-spired crown and the gold karnakundalas grazing His clavicles, complement the tranquility in His eyes.
Around His bejewelled aureole are semblances of the rugged and varied Himalayan landscape - mountain peaks and powerful streams and deciduous wilderness. In the foreground are Bodhisattva Manjushri and Lord Mahakala. Straight above the haloed head of Shadakshari Lokeshvara is Lord Bhaishajyaguru, who in turn is flanked by White Tara and Green Tara.
TIBETAN THANGKA PAINTING
SIZE OF PAINTED SURFACE 21 INCH X 29.7 INCH
SIZE WITH BROCADE 31.5 INCH X 47 INCH