This is a brass statue of Goddess White Tara. She was originally a Hindu goddess and was said to be a form of Shakti but later she gradually entered Buddhism from Shaktism and is now the main deity in Tibetan Buddhism. She is the mother of all Buddhas and is supposed to be a loving mother. She is a saviouress, a heavenly deity who hears the cries of people experiencing misery in the world. She is the goddess of health, long life and wisdom. She helps overcome negativities of human mind and heart and assists people to cross the path of suffering to reach the goal of enlightenment. White Tara’s Tibetan name is Dolkar. She is the symbol of purity and trust, similar to what her color says. It is proposed that White Tara came into existence from a tear of Avalokiteshwara (Buddhisatva of compassion and mercy).
In this statue, she is shown as sitting in a meditation lotus posture with both legs folded, seated on a double lotus. She is represented as wearing a beautifully carved scarf covering her shoulders and neck from the back side and an exquisite long apron. She keeps a vigilance on all the sufferings of the world from all sides. She has an enchanting face with three jewels glowing on her neck. Her crown has the pattern of a Buddhist Temple. Her left hand is upwards, where tip of the thumb is touching the ring finger forming a circle and other three fingers held straight up. This mudra is a representation of her healing and curing nature. The right is in a gesture of blessing, facing downwards and thumb is overlapping the index finger, the other three fingers pointing straight down. It is emblematic of the quality of energy required for crossing the path of obstacles and reaching wisdom. She is holding full blown long stem lotus called Utpala, wrapped around her hands and touching both her shoulders respectively in an artistic yet natural look. This lotus has three blooms representing past, present and future.
Longevity, survival and concern for sufferings are the main aspects of this supreme and loving mother goddess White Tara.
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