Our Nepali master artisan created our beautiful 1000 Armed Avalokiteshvara statue with the jewelry and crown of a Bodhisattva. At the request of the buyer, we would be happy to adorn the crown and jewels of the statue with semi-precious stones such as turquoise, lapis, ruby or coral stones. At no extra charge, the skilled artisan can embellish the statue with these special decorations before delivery.
The color turquoise is a special combination of blue and green. Indeed, blue signifies the purity of the Buddhas and green symbolizes their readiness to act. Additionally, devotees meditating on the color red can transform the delusion of attachment into the wisdom of discernment. The color red is often worn by other deities to pay tribute to Amitabha Buddha. This Avalokiteshvara statue will wear the adornments very well and they will inspire all those who lay their eyes on your new statue.
The Story of Avalokiteshvara
Avalokiteshvara has been an integral figure in Mahayana Buddhism since its inception. As a result, a 1000 armed Avalokiteshvara statue can be found in monasteries and homes throughout Asia and worldwide. Avalokiteshvara was introduced to sentient life as the “Bodhisattva of Compassion” because of his unwavering commitment to ease the suffering of all beings. To proclaim his unwavering commitment, Avalokiteshvara vowed to forgo accepting the fruits of Nirvana until the suffering of all sentient beings has ceased. To receive assistance, devotees only need to recite the Avalokiteshvara mantra – “Om Mani Padme Hum“.
The 1000 armed Avalokiteshvara story is an important source of inspiration. Some time after taking his most compassionate vow, he realized the enormity of the task and came under unbearable pressure. As a result, Avalokiteshvara exploded into thousands of pieces.
Fortunately, Amitabha Buddha appeared to put him back together again. Additionally, Amitabha chose to make a few modifications in order to enable Avalokiteshvara to work faster. As such, Amitabha Buddha gave him 1000 arms and 11 heads. The arms are for working and the 11 heads will enable him to better see and hear the suffering of the world. Click here to learn more about the symbolism.
Features of 1000 Armed Avalokiteshvara Statue
This 1000 armed Avalokiteshvara statue is the most dramatic form of Avalokiteshvara because the depiction is a special embodiment that Amitabha derived for him. His two principle hands are pressed together in reverence to his teacher Amitabha Buddha. The other 5 principle hands are holding tools, and the final principal hand is depicting the Varada “gift giving” mudra. Additionally, all of the hands feature an eye in the palm symbolizing wisdom and the 5 method perfections. Finally, two of his heads are dedicated to Vajrapani (wrathful) and Amitabha Buddha.