Vajrasattva has been widely represented in India and other Buddhist
countries during the period of later Buddhism. A Buddhist text
Advayavajra-sanghra contains information pertaining to Vajrasattva. His cult
is particularly popular in Mahayanic countries.
In the present form he is shown seated in padmasana on a double lotus
throne. He has two hands: right hand holds a five-pronged vajra, while the
left hand placed on the thigh is holding a vajra-ghanta (bell). These two
priestly symbols emphasise perhaps his position as the priest of the Dhyani
His body is slim and slender. The eyes are half-closed and are looking
inwards in meditation. There is a sacred mark between the eyebrows. His neck
has three folds and lips are upturned. He is wearing a shoulder mantle,
flowing scarf, and a skirt as the lower garment. The borders of the garment
are incised with decorative designs. He is bedecked in ornaments which
include a finely executed five-pronged crown, necklaces, armlets, bracelets
Alice Getty, The Gods of Northern Buddhism, Tokyo, Japan, 1962.
P. Pal, Art of the Himalayas: Treasures from Nepal and Tibet, New York.
S. K. Saraswati, Tantrayana Art: An Album, Calcutta, 1977.
This description by Dr. Shailendra Kumar Verma, Ph.D. His doctorate thesis
being on the "Emergence and Evolution of the Buddha Image (from its
inception to 8th century A.D)."
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