Tibetan Buddhist Vijaya Stupa: For Long Life of The Patron (Brocadeless Thangka)
Ushnishavijaya is one of the three gods of longevity and fulfillment of desire. The other three are Amitayus and White Tara. She is often depicted with eight arms and three heads. Her main face is white while another face is peaceful in gold, the face to her left is blue in a wrathful look. In this thangka, she sits on a moon disk on top of a multi-colored lotus within a stupa or a mound. Stupas are originally the funerary mound for the Shakyamuni but have since been associated with the patterns to the enlightenment of the Buddha. In this thangka, notice that the vidyadhara (garland holders) near the clouds are holding pots containing durva grass (associated with long life). On the sides of her stupa are Avalokiteshvara (on her right) and Vajrapani (to her left). At the lower part of the stupa are the guardians of the four cardinal directions (like the Hindu Lokapalas).
On one right hand is a figure of Amitabha on a white lotus. Another hand is in a mudra that represents utmost generosity. Near her breast, she holds a vajra (one which destroys ignorance and is indestructible). She also has an arrow (for piercing focus or attention) as well as a lasso (for restraining ignorance by vigilance). Another hand shows the protection mudra, while the object on the lower hand is a jar that contains the nectar of longevity and immortality. She is also dressed in opulence like a Bodhisattva. The thangka also showcases several buddhas including the Shakyamuni, the Five Transcendent Gods, as well as the Medicine Buddha. Near the bottom are various lamas and teachers of Buddhism. At the offering shrine. is the patron of the thangka.
TIBETAN THANGKA PAINTING
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