The Indian Buddhist Iconography

by Benoytosh Bhattachacharyya | 1958 | ISBN-10: 8173053138 | ISBN-13: 9788173053139

This page contains an iconography image of Vajrapani and represents figure 25-27 of the book Indian Buddhist Iconography, based on extracts of the Sadhanamala English translation. These plates and illustrations represent either photographs of sculptures or line-drawing reproductions of paintings or other representations of Buddhist artwork.

Figure 25-27 - Vajrapāṇi

 

Vajrapani
Figure 25: Vajrapāṇi
(Nepal)
Vajrapani
Figure 26: Vajrapāṇi
(Indian Museum)
Vajrapani
Figure 27: Vajrapāṇi
(Nalanda)

The Bodhisattva Vajrapāṇi with the Vajra symbol is the spiritual son of the Dhyāni Buddha Akṣobhya who is the progenitor of the Vajra family. His spiritual mother is Māmakī. Vajrapāṇi, when represented, either stands or sits and carries usually a lotus on which is placed the family symbol of Vajra. Sometimes he holds the Vajra against the chest in one of his hands. Some images of his are illustrated here (Figs. 25, 26, 27).

Colour: blue;
Symbol: vajra;