Vajrabhairava Solitary Hero 15" x 20"
- original, hand-painted
- painted area 15" x 20", entire thangka 30" x 46"
- traditional brocade border
Vajrabhairava (Tib. Dorje Jikje, also commonly known as Yamantaka) is one of the main yidams of the highest yoga tantra level of vajrayana. He is the wrathful manifestation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. He belongs to the Vajrabhairava and Yamari class of tantras and specifically arises from the Vajrabhairava Root Tantra. There are many different forms of Vajrabhairava. The form depicted in this thangka - a bull-headed representation - is most commonly practiced by Gelukpas and Sakyapas these days. He has 9 faces, 34 hands and 16 legs and appears as a solitary deity (i.e. without consort).