The narrative of the Twenty-one Taras is also known throughout Buddhism. Among the many taras, the Green Tara is one of the most popular manifestations. She is usually known to protect against fear and eight other obstacles in life, such as pride, ignorance, hatred, jealousy, wrong views, avarice, attachment, and doubts. The Green Tara is also highly associated with enlightening activities and abundance. In this thangka, Tara is drawn in her compassionate state, one foot touching the ground as a sign of being ready to offer compassion to those who suffer. She sits on a lotus throne which represents her freedom from material attachments and defilement. On top of the throne is a lunar disk which symbolizes peacefulness. Her left hand is in a refuge-blessing mudra or position. Meanwhile, her right hand is in a boon-giving mudra. Zoom in on this hand and she can be seen holding a blue lotus (utpala) which symbolizes enlightenment. Her skin is painted with a teal-green hue, further highlighted with the warm orange tones of her clothes and aura outlines. Notice that she also wears ornaments and necklaces which symbolizes her being a divine one. At the very top of her crown is a symbol for Buddha Amitabha, or the Buddha of Infinite Light.
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