The Indian Buddhist Iconography

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

This page contains an iconography image of Raktalokeshvara (Rakta-Lokeshvara) and represents figure 115 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 115 - Raktalokeśvara (Rakta-Lokeśvara)

Rakta Lokeshvara
Figure 115: Raktalokeśvara

Two Sādhanas in the Sādhanamālā are devoted to Raktalokeśvara’s worship, but the two Dhyānas describe two widely different forms of the god. It is necessary, therefore, to quote and translate both the Dhyānas.

The colophon of the Sādhana attributes to him the name of Rakta-Lokeśvara and this name is given simply because his colour is red. Images of Rakta-Lokeśvara are rare. A few can be seen in the Kva Vahal at Pattan in Nepal. Statuettes of Rakta-Lokeśvara are found in China under the title of Caturbhuja Avalokiteśvara. This Chinese statuette is illustrated in Fig. 115.

Colour: red;
Arms: four;
Companions: Tārā and Bhṛkuṭī;