Legends say that Kubera first lived in Sri Lanka but was ejected when his brother Ravana took his place for himself. He then found himself living in the holy Mt Kailasa, which is close to the Lord Shiva's home. Aside from Vaishravana, he is also called Jambhala in Buddhism. Kubera in Hinduism is known for carrying a parasol while the Tibetan one carries a citron fruit instead which came from the jambhara tree (close to the sound of his other name Jambhala). In this painting, he is shown in a seated position with a food resting on a conch shell over a lotus, both notable symbols of Buddhism. Another defining element of Kubera’s image is shown in the painting: the mongoose. Kubera is usually depicted with a mongoose ejecting a jewel from his mouth as a show of generosity and giving as well as a symbol of his triumph over the Nagas and, snake figures who guard wealth and symbolizes greed.
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