Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Paintings > Thangka > The Buddhist God of Rain
Displaying 1 of 183         Previous  |  NextSubscribe to our newsletter and discounts
The Buddhist God of Rain

The Buddhist God of Rain

The Buddhist God of Rain

Sold Out

Tibetan Thangka Painting

Size of Painted Surface 15.8 inches X 20.5 inches
Size with Brocade 24.5 inches X 35.0 inches
Item Code:
$225.00   Shipping Free - 4 to 6 days
Notify me when this item is available
Notify me when this item is available
You will be notified when this item is available
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
The Buddhist God of Rain

Verify the characters on the left

You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 19203 times since 2nd Jun, 2010
This exquisitely painted thangka depicts one of the forms of the Bodhisattva Vajrapani. He is the god of rain. Vajrapani, along with Avalokiteshvara and Manjushri, is one of the three main deities of Tibetan Buddhism. He is also the god of power and the manifestation of the energies of all Buddhas. He is considered to be an "action (karma)" protector. Vajrapani is also the conqueror of harmful nagas and snake-like water spirits.

There are several opinions pertaining to the origin of this Bodhisattva. The Mahayana tradition believes that he is the spiritual emanation of Akshobhya, one of the Five Transcendent Buddhas and the head of the vajra family. It is also said that in the Buddhist pantheon he seems to be an adaptation of Shakra or Indra ( the god of rain) of Hindu mythology. From early times Buddhist myths and legends associate Shakra (Indra) with many important events in the life of the Buddha Shakyamuni, for instance, his birth, his renunciation, his descent from the Trayastrimsa heaven etc. In early Buddhist art this association has been prominently displayed; the vajra or thunderbolt is the characteristic ayudha of Shakra (Indra) and this personage in Buddhist context came to be known as Vajrapani, a name also associated with Shakra or Indra. In the course of time he was given a place in the Buddhist pantheon and in the Vajrayana phase he came to occupy a fairly important position among the Buddhist divinities.

The Chinese traveler, Huan Tsang mentions that when the nagas (Serpent gods) appeared before Buddha to hear his teachings, Vajrapani was charged by the Buddha to guard them from the attacks of their mortal enemies, the garudas, and that, in order to deceive and combat the garudas, Vajrapani assumed a form with a head, wings and claws like the garudas themselves. Moreover, there are many more legends related to him.

Vajrapani has been represented in Buddhist Art in different forms, postures and gestures. Here he has been shown in a dark blue complexion and standing in the posture of pratyalidha on a lotus base encircled by seven single lotus petals at the front. His left foot is slightly raised up. He has two hands, the right hand is upraised brandishing a vajra, while the left one holds a vajra-pasha (noose).

His expression is ferocious. He is wearing a five-skull crown and his hair is upswept. The three eyes are open and staring. The mouth is open with an upraised tongue. The moustache has been designed on the sides of the mouth. His eyebrows are like small flames and his beard is made of hook-like shapes. He is wearing many ornaments on his body - necklaces, earrings, armlets, bracelets and anklets. A snake hangs from the neck and shoulders like a scarf. Moreover, he is also wearing a flowing scarf and a tiger-skin skirt.

This description by Dr. Shailendra Kumar Verma, Ph.D. His doctorate thesis being on the "Emergence and Evolution of the Buddha Image (from its inception to 8th century A.D)."

Click Here to View the Thangka Painting along with its Brocade

Delivered by to all international destinations within 3 to 5 days, fully insured.

Post a Comment
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Based on your browsing history

Loading... Please wait

Related Items

(Tibetan Buddhist Deity) Vajrapani with Fire Aureole
Brass Statue
12.0 inch x 9.0 inch x 5.0 inch
4.4 kg
Item Code: ZBK30
Vajrapani (Tibetan Buddhist Deity)
Brass Statue
9.5 inch x 8.0 inch x 3.0 inch
2.74 kg
Item Code: ZBK25
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Vajrapani (Tibetan Buddhist Deity)
Brass Statue
9.5 inch x 6.5 inch x 3.0 inch
2.4 kg
Item Code: ZBF65
Vajrapani (Tibetan Buddhist Deity)
Deal 20% Off
Brass Statue
13.0 inch x 10.0 inch x 2.5 inch
3.5 kg
Item Code: ZBC50
You save: $99.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Tibetan Buddhist Vajrapani
Deal 15% Off
Tibetan Thangka Painting
Size of Painted Surface 17.0 inch X 24.0 inch
Size with Brocade 32.0 inch X 49.0 inch
Item Code: TY46
You save: $89.25 (15%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Tibetan Buddhist Deity Vajrapani
Brass Statue
12.0 inch x 8.5 inch x 4.5 inch
4.2 kg
Item Code: ZBF12
Tibetan Buddhist Deity Vajrapani with Agni Prabhavali
Brass Statue
9.5 inch x 7 inch x 2.5 inch
1.7 kg
Item Code: ZAD29
Dictionary of Buddhist Iconography (Vajrakumara-Vasumitra) Volume-14
by Lokesh Chandra
Hardcover (Edition: 2005)
Aditya Prakashan
Item Code: IDJ732
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Buddhist Paintings of Tun-Huang
by Lokesh Chandra
Hardcover (Edition: 2012)
Niyogi Books
Item Code: NAJ978
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Esoteric Iconography Of Japanese Mandalas
Deal 15% Off
Item Code: IDI623
You save: $17.25 (15%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Enlightenment of Vairocana
Item Code: IDE350
Add to Cart
Buy Now


Excellent e-commerce website with the most exceptional, rare and sought after authentic India items. Thank you!
Cabot, USA
Excellent service and fast shipping. An excellent supplier of Indian philosophical texts
Libero, Italy.
I am your old customer. You have got a wonderful collection of all products, books etc.... I am very happy to shop from you.
Usha, UK
I appreciate the books offered by your website, dealing with Shiva sutra theme.
Antonio, Brazil
I love Exotic India!
Jai, USA
Superzoom delivery and beautiful packaging! Thanks! Very impressed.
Great service. Keep on helping the people
Armando, Australia
I bought DVs supposed to receive 55 in the set instead got 48 and was in bad condition appears used and dusty. I contacted the seller to return the product and the gave 100% credit with apologies. I am very grateful because I had bought and will continue to buy products here and have never received defective product until now. I bought paintings saris..etc and always pleased with my purchase until now. But I want to say a public thank you to whom it may concern for giving me the credit. Thank you. Navieta.
Navieta N Bhudu
I have no words to thank you and your company. I received the Saundarananda Maha Kavya that I have ordered from you few weeks ago. I hope to order any more books, if I will have a need. Thank you
Ven. Bopeththe, Sri Lanka
Thank you so much just received my order. Very very happy with the blouse and fast delivery also bindi was so pretty. I will sure order from you again.
Aneeta, Canada
All rights reserved. Copyright 2018 © Exotic India