She has a white-colored body, three faces and eight arms. The central face
is white, the right yellow; the left is blue and slightly wrathful. Each
face has three eyes.
The first right hand holds a crossed vajra at the heart. The second holds a
lotus on top of which sits Amitabha. The third holds an arrow. The fourth is
in the gesture of supreme generosity.
The first left hand is in the threatening mudra, holding a vajra noose. The
second holds a bow. The third is in the gesture of giving refuge. The fourth
is in the meditation gesture, holding a precious vase filled with nectar.
Of her three faces, the yellow one with the gently pursed lips is charming
and beautiful, the principal white one slightly open and moderately
wrathful, while the blue face bares its fangs in a display of ferocious
wrath. Coils of hair symmetrically fall across her two shoulders. A green
scarf embellished with gold engulfs her with a flourish, acting as a halo.
Ushnisha Vijaya is an emanation of Vairochana Buddha, and is one of the
three main Buddhist deities of longevity, along with the White Tara and
Amitayus. The latter two can be seen at the lower layer of the painting.
Ushnisha Vijaya's practice is considered to be extremely effective not only
for eliminating obstacles to long life but also for purifying the negative
results of unwholesome actions of body, speech and mind motivated by the
poisonous delusions. Her practice is concluded with the following prayer:
I prostrate at the feet of Ushnisha Vijaya,
Glorious goddess with the color of the autumn moon,
Having an extremely beautiful and peaceful body with
three faces and eight arms,
And who bestows boundless wisdom and the best of lives.
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