Tara here has a white, almost silver body, and a lovely face. She is richly adorned in gold ornaments and a five-tiered crown of the same precious material. Her right hand is in the charity position and the left is in the gesture of granting protection. She sits on a lotus in the 'vajra' posture.
White Tara is often referred to as the Mother of all the Buddhas. She represents the motherly aspect of compassion. Her white color indicates purity but also indicates that she is Truth, complete and undifferentiated. Her incomparable beauty has inspired her worshippers to address her thus:
"Radiant as the eternal snows in all their glory, homage to theYouthful One with full breasts, One face and two arms,who is filled with great bliss"- Unknown
White Tara is an emanation of Goddess Tara who is connected with longevity. She is also the special goddess who helps her devotees overcome obstacles, particularly impediments to the practice of religion. Another important manifestation of Goddess Tara is the Green Tara (see below) Of Related Interest:
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