Antique Java Style Majapahit Seated Bronze Devi Vajra Tara Statue - Protector & Preserver - 25cm/10"
Measurements Height 25cm/10"
An antique Java Style seated bronze Devi or Bodhisattva Vajra Tara sculpture in the 13th century Majapahit style.
Vajra Tara is also known as Mahacinatara and is one of the 21 Taras of the Buddhist scriptures. Vajra Tara can also be known as Blue Tara, Vajra Tara, Agra Tara and Ekajati.
Her ascribed powers, as per the Buddhist scriptures, are a removing of the fear of enemies, spreading joy and removal personal hindrances on the path of enlightenment. It is believed that Bodhisattva Vajra Tara is one of the most powerful and fierce Goddesses of Vajrayana Buddhism.
Bodhisattva Vajra Tara is taken as the protector of secret mantras of Vajrayana teachings, especially the Inner Tantras and termas. Also according to Namkhai Norbu, Vajra Tara is the principal guardian of the Dzogchen teachings.
In Buddhism, Tara is a Bodhisattva. She is the Goddess of Compassion. Here she is seated on round lotus petal pedestal which is itself stood on a square pedestal. Tara holds her vajra in her right hand.
The Vajra is a legendary and ritualistic weapon, symbolizing the properties of a diamond (indestructibility) and a thunderbolt (irresistible force).
The vajra is a type of club with a ribbed spherical head. The ribs meet in a ball-shaped top. The vajra is the weapon of Indra, the Vedic king of the Devas and Heaven. It is used symbolically by the dharmic traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, often to represent firmness of spirit and spiritual power.
According to Hinduism, the vajra is considered one of the most powerful weapons in the universe. The use of the vajra as a symbolic and ritual tool is mainly found in Tantric Buddhism.
Tara wearsa richly bejewelled dhotis and upavitas. Her face has a serene downcast gaze. Tara wears a decorative Javanese style tiara, on her head, in front of her Kirita-Makuta or tall conical crown. This symbolises her control over Positive and Negative attitudes.
She has an aquiline nose and elongated earlobes with large earrings. A beaded aureole stands behind representing her divinity. The standing sculpture has a wonderful green malachite patina.
A circular aureole or halo can be seen behind Vajra Tara. This represents Tara's divinity.
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